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Pak reiterates demilitarisation in J&K

Musharraf said people in Kashmir region were tired of tensions.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 20:59 IST

Observing that people in Kashmir region were tired of tensions, President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday urged India to seriously consider his proposals for demilitarisation and self-governance to resolve the Kashmir issue.

"I hope that Indian leadership will give a serious thought to these proposals as it is not only in the interests of Pakistan and the Kashmiri people but also in the interest of India, its people and the South Asian region as a whole," Musharraf said.

Musharraf was addressing a gathering in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to mark 'Kashmir Solidarity Day'.

People in Kashmir region were tired of tensions, he said adding the Indian Government should consider his proposals of self-governance and demilitarisation as a way forward towards the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Demilitarisation will address security concerns of people who were tired of the presence of security forces, he said and reiterated his proposal that as a first step, India could pull its forces out of Srinagar, Baramula and Kapwara without having the need to amend its constitution.

Musharraf said peace will not return to the region if Kashmir issue was not resolved. "Myself and Pakistan government want to see a solution acceptable to all parties, specially the people of Kashmir."

Welcoming recent comments by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that India and Pakistan should look for pragmatic and peaceful solution to Kashmir issue, Musharraf said: "Now is the time and the leadership should make use of the opportunity and move towards a solution of the Kashmir dispute."

"If they (India) take a step, we will also move forward," official APP news agency quoted him as saying.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 20:59 IST