India's silence irks Prez Musharraf
He, however, told Kashmiri leaders that they should "once and for all" give up their independence proposition.india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 23:06 IST
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he may consider "taking steps backward" if India does not respond to his self-rule and demilitarisation proposals on Kashmir.
He, however, told Kashmiri leaders that they should "once and for all" give up their independence proposition as it was "not durable and no time should be wasted on such futile exercises".
Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh told reporters in Jammu on Saturday that "Musharraf complained India was not responding to the proposals that he had been repeatedly been making to New Delhi. He said if India does not respond, he may consider 'taking steps backward'."
Singh was among the mainstream Kashmiri leaders who met the Pakistan President at the Pugwash Conference in Islamabad on March 10.
Singh quoted Musharraf as saying he had offered to sit "anywhere and anytime" with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and face leaders of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
Musharraf also asked the Hurriyat Conference leaders to work jointly and create a consensus on the issue.
He also claimed that his government was training youths in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and had destroyed allterror hideouts there.