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Pak wary of joint mechanism with India

Musharraf says Pakistan has "certain apprehensions" over New Delhi sharing information on Balochistan. Your take?

india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 17:06 IST

Acknowledging that there is "unease" among intelligence agencies on the establishment of an Indo-Pak anti-terror mechanism, President Pervez Musharraf has said Pakistan has "certain apprehensions" over New Delhi sharing information on Balochistan.

Days after his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Havana where the two leaders agreed to set up the mechanism, Musharraf also told reporters here on Wednesday that the two leaders face difficulties from extremists in their own countries who don't want resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Asked about the unease among the intelligence agencies over creation of the anti-terror mechanism under which Indian security institutions would share intelligence with their Pakistani counterparts, he said those feelings were mutual.

"There was also a certain apprehension about India sharing intelligence on Balochistan, for instance. However, institutional mechanisms would be created to address issues of mutual concern," he said.

Observing that leadership of both countries desire peace, he expressed hope that Singh would help keep the peace process on track.

Describing his meeting with Singh in Havana as "positive", he said the two leadres are determined to narrow down divergences and strengthen convergences.

However, he also warned that Singh and he are facing difficulties in their own countries from extremists who do not want resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Talking to the Pakistani media here yesterday, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri told reporters here that Prime Minister Singh gave a set of proposals for resolution of the Kashmir issue during his meeting with President Musharraf in Havana.

However, he declined to elaborate on Singh's proposals and instead referred to the proposals of withdrawal of troops, joint management and self rule put forward by Musharraf.

Musharraf's proposals could provide a basis for a solution "as both the sides are serious about it," he said.

"A solution of the dispute that is acceptable to the people of Kashmir, Pakistan and India is possible," he said.

Ruling out "war" as an option to resolve the Kashmir dispute, he said a peaceful solution to the dispute must be given a chance.

Terming the Musharraf-Manmohan meeting as extremely useful, Kasuri said "Singh is interested in carrying the peace process forward."

On the US refusal to extend a civilian nuclear deal to Pakistan, Kasuri said Pakistan was determined to get nuclear energy. "Pakistan needs cost-effective energy to meet its galloping requirements. We are determined to acquire nuclear cooperation for meetings our growing needs as the gas reservoirs are depleting at a faster pace".

He said in his meetings with his counterparts from a number of countries at the UN he explained Pakistan's position on the peaceful use of nuclear technology and "raised the need for a criterion-based approach by NSG members".

Rejecting concerns that Pakistan might misuse technology if given the green light, he said it was already a nuclear power and had been cooperating with the IAEA.

First Published: Sep 21, 2006 11:35 IST