Kashmir issue ripe for resolution: Musharraf
The Pakistan president said this as he sought a proactive role from the West and China for its settlement.Updated: Feb 15, 2007 16:35 IST
The Kashmir issue is "ripe for resolution", Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said as he sought a "proactive" role from the West and China for its settlement.
"While the confidence-building measures are going on well, never before have (Indo-Pak) relations been so good for conflict resolution.
We are moving forward towards conflict resolution. Kashmir is ripe for resolution," the General said addressing a conference titled 'Voices from Asia: towards a process for cooperation and security' here on Wednesday.
Musharraf said he was reasonably optimistic and hopeful that there would be forward movement on Sir Creek, Siachen glacier and Kashmir issue.
"The West and China should play a proactive role in finding peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue. It has to be settled for durable peace in the region," he said.
"Disputes between Pakistan and India cannot be overlooked as these have witnessed three wars and killings at the Line of Control and on Siachen glacier.
We were doing it for 50 years. We are for peace. Peoples on both sides care for a peace momentum and the peace process," Musharraf said.
While commenting on conflict resolution worldwide, he said players involved in these issues should realise the connotation of compromise and peaceful resolution.
"Courage is needed to reconcile and shake hands and forget and forgive rather than go for confrontation. Both sides have to swallow their pride and step back," Musharraf said.
Musharraf said the people of Pakistan and India have realised that peace is the only answer to resolving disputes between the two and that neither country can impose a military solution on the other.
On Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, where the military has been targeting sympathisers of the Taliban, the President said "We will take the population (in the border areas) onto our side and not leave them to the militant Taliban. Terrorism, extremism and Talibinisation are not the way forward. But military option is not the ultimate solution."
He stressed on the need of administrative arrangement, economic development and control of movement on the borders.
"There is so many questioning on our commitment. Our strategy is correct but there is spillage in tactics," Musharraf said.
He said Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir, the US-Iran confrontation, Lebanon and sectarianism were unresolved political issues which had led to a state of flux and uncertainty worldwide.
First Published: Feb 15, 2007 16:35 IST