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Signs of Manmohan's sincerity withering away: Pervez

The Pak president feels that the Indian establishment seems to have "gotten the better of him".

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 21:12 IST

President Pervez Musharraf feels that the initial signs of sincerity and flexibility he sensed in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were "withering away" and that the Indian establishment seems to have "gotten the better of him".

Recalling his first meeting with Singh in New York two years ago, the General writes in his book In the line of Fire that he found the Indian leader to be "a very positive and genuine person" with a desire to resolve disputes with Pakistan.

Two years down the road Musharraf sings a somewhat different tune. "The initial signs of sincerity and flexibility that I sensed in Manmohan Singh seem to be withering away. I think the Indian establishment -- the bureaucrats, diplomats and intelligence agencies and perhaps even the military-- has gotten the better of him," he says in the book released on Monday.

He has this advice for Singh: "I feel if a leader is to break away from hackneyed ideas and frozen positions, he has to be bold. He has to dominate the establishment, rather than letting it dictate to him".

"I am", he writes, "still waiting for Manmohan Singh's 'outside the box' solution. In the meanwhile, I have initiated many new ideas. We await responses or any counter ideas to solve the dispute over Kashmir without which I strongly believe permanent peace in the region will remain elusive."