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'We want graceful exit for Musharraf'

world Updated: Jul 06, 2008 01:20 IST

Amid calls for President Pervez Musharraf to step down, Pakistan Peoples' Party chief (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari insisted that he would have to quit but his party wants a graceful exit for the beleaguered General.

Zardari denied allegations about him being soft on Musharraf but was of the opinion that he should be given a graceful exit.

"I am not soft on Musharraf. My way of dealing with him is different. He will go. I cannot tell the time but we want a graceful exit for him," he told 'Seedhi Baat' programme on Aaj Tak news channel.

"Yes, he (Musharraf) will go but there is no deadline," the PPP co-chairman was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the TV channel.

Zardari admitted that there were terrorist camps in Pakistan. "Yes, there are terrorists and terrorist camps in Pakistan. We are fighting a battle against them in North West Frontier Province," he said.

Asked who was responsible for the Kargil war, he said, "I think, both Musharraf and (former Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif were responsible for Kargil."

Advocating a visa-free regime for Indian citizens travelling to Pakistan, Zardari said he would be the first person to back such a proposal.

The PPP co-chairman said Indo-Pak relations should not be held hostage to the Kashmir issue. "Kashmir is important not only for Pakistan but for India also. But, I do feel that Indo-Pak relations can be strengthened on other fronts and they should not be held hostage to the Kashmir issue," Zardari said.