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We'll approach global community on Kashmir: Musharraf

If India rejects his proposals of self-governance and demilitarisation, Pak will ask the world to help resolve it, says the Prez.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 19:14 IST

Giving a warning of sorts, President Pervez Musharraf has asked India to suggest "new ideas" to resolve Kashmir issue.

If India rejects his proposals of self-governance and demilitarisation, Pakistan would ask the international community to help resolve it.

"If they reject (his proposals), they should give new ideas. If they do not give ideas, we will approach the international community," he told reporters in Muzaffarabad on Sunday.

"We are at present going through the bilateral route to resolve Kashmir issue but if it fails we will take the multilateral route," he said adding Pakistan will "demand" international community to resolve the issue "or else there would not be peace here."

Musharraf and his government ratcheted up the Kashmir issue by organising special meetings and rallies all over Pakistan on Sunday to mark "Kashmir Day" which Pakistan observes every year to highlight its stance on the issue.

The effort of his government appeared to be to outwit the hardline Jamat-e-Islami (JI), which has launched a countrywide campaign accusing Musharraf of compromising with Pakistan's position on Kashmir.

But in the course of a public address in Muzaffarabad on Sunday, Musharraf rejected as "rumour-mongering" such assumptions.

"Kashmir runs in my blood and I promise you we will make efforts to find a durable solution (to it)," he said and reaffirmed his assurance to find a solution to the dispute that is acceptable to the Kashmiri people.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 19:00 IST