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Pervez for amicable solution to Kashmir issue

We hope that good sense prevails on both sides to resolve this long standing dispute amicably between the two nations, says Pervez Musharraf.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2008 16:22 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Monday hoped that "good sense" prevails on both India and Pakistan to resolve the "festering" Kashmir dispute amicably for the benefit of people of the two countries.

Describing Kashmir and Palestinian issues as "old disputes", Musharraf told teachers and students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing that as far as Pakistan was concerned, "we are going on a bilateral approach with India".

"We hope that good sense prevails on both sides to resolve this long standing dispute amicably between our two countries for the benefit of the people of these two countries," Musharraf, now on a six-day visit to China, said.

He made reference to Kashmir twice in his speech while reviewing the international scene in the last 60 years, noting that the world was now moving towards multi-polarity.

"The old disputes have festered. I call old disputes... the Palestinian dispute... The Kashmir dispute," he said as he spoke of the September 11 terror attacks in the US and that he said had "completely changed" the world and brought in "new dynamics".

"New inter-state and regional conflicts have emerged. I call these as Iraq conflict, the Lebanon conflict, the US-Iran confrontation. All these have emerged after 9/11," he said, adding terrorism had now been given a "religious colour".

Musharraf also mentioned about Kashmir in his remarks while referring to the period between 1979-89 which saw the defeat of the erstwhile Soviet Union in the Afghan war and USSR's subsequent disintegration, thereby ending the cold war era.