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Indian people want peace with Pakistan: Musharraf

The Pak president blames the Indian media for adopting a negative approach towards him and his controversial book.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 23:08 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said that people of India wanted peace with Pakistan, but accused the Indian media of adopting a "negative" approach towards him and his controversial book In the Line of Fire.

"As far as India-Pakistan relations are concerned, leaving aside the media, the Indian public really wants peace with Pakistan, irrespective of what the media says and they also want to read my book in Hindi," he told state-run PTV.

"I hear they are going to translate it (the book) into Marathi" in addition to Hindi, he said.

On whether the book, which contains his controversial remarks about the Kargil conflict and the failed Agra summit, will affect the peace process, Musharraf said "I don't think the book should have a negative impact on India-Pakistan relations."

Musharraf charged the Indian and Pakistani media with a "negative" approach towards him.

"The Indian media always has a negative attitude towards me. But when they say something negative about me, I know I must have done the right thing. These are facts that I have written (in the book) and they keep criticising it," he said.

First Published: Oct 25, 2006 23:08 IST