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No consensus in Pakistan on converting LoC into IB: Bhutto

There is no consensus in Pakistan on the issue of converting the LoC into the International Border, Bhutto told reporters at "Peace Dividend".

india Updated: Dec 14, 2003 01:51 IST

Observing that there was no consensus in Pakistan on the issue of converting the Line of Control (LoC) into International Border, former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Saturday advocated that New Delhi and Islamabad should follow the Sino-India model on the border issue.

She said this model was being pursued to improve Sino-India ties despite their differences on the Line of Actual Control.

"There is no consensus in Pakistan" on the issue of converting the LoC into the International Border, Bhutto, who attended the two-day conference on Peace Dividend--Progress for India and South Asia organised by the Hindustan Times, told reporters in Delhi.

She saw no consensus emerging among various Kashmiri groups on this issue.

Replying to questions on whether the Kashmir issue could be addressed at a later stage after resolving other outstanding issues, she said, "if we only talk about Kashmir, there will be no progress" and added at the same time that this issue could also not be put under the carpet.

Kashmir and other issues should form of the dialogue process to move ahead, she said.

First Published: Dec 14, 2003 01:51 IST