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'India, pak should avoid whipping up war hysteria'

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, former Pakistan President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf urged India and Pakistan to resolve their differences in a sensible way and avoid whipping up war hysteria, reports Kamal Siddiqi.

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 23:33 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

Former Pakistan President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was all praise for his Indian hosts and said he was “very impressed” by his interactions at a conclave he attended last week in India.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, he urged India and Pakistan to resolve their differences in a sensible way and avoid whipping up war hysteria.

The former military ruler also said that he would consider becoming President again if he could play a useful role in the post. However, he ruled out joining any political party.

Musharraf further opposed US drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal belt but said the country should take action to kill and root out the foreign militants sheltering in the region bordering Afghanistan.

He also defended an accord between the North West Frontier Province government and a radical cleric on imposing Shariat laws in Swat and six other districts of the province, saying it was in line with the demands of the people and would help restore peace in the area.