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Musharraf waits for PM's 'outside the box' solution

Pak president says in his book that he is awaiting "responses or counter ideas" from India to solve the Kashmir issue.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 00:54 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says that he is still waiting for the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "outside the box" solution on Jammu and Kashmir.

In his book In the Line of Fire which hit the bookstalls in Pakistan on Monday, the General recalls his first meeting with Singh in New York two years ago and writes that he found the Indian leader to be "a very positive and genuine person" with a desire to resolve disputes with Pakistan.

Two years down the road Musharraf sings a somewhat different tune, and writes, "the initial signs of sincerity and flexibility that I sensed in Manmohan Singh seem to be withering away. I think the Indian establishment -- the bureaucrats, diplomats and intelligence agencies and perhaps even the military -- has gotten the better of him."

He has this advice for Singh: "I feel if a leader is to break away from hackneyed ideas and frozen positions, he has to be bold. He has to dominate the establishment, rather than letting it dictate to him".

"I am", he writes, "still waiting for Manmohan Singh's 'outside the box' solution. In the meanwhile, I have initiated many new ideas. We await responses or any counter ideas to solve the dispute over Kashmir without which I strongly believe permanent peace in the region will remain elusive."

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 00:00 IST