May 2000 News

Pakistan mulls readiness after Kashmir duels

5 May 2000
Times of India

Islamabad: Pakistan''s army commanders discussed operational readiness of their troops Friday recent artillery duels with India across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region. Military ruler and army chief General Musharraf chaired a conference of army corps commanders and told it that Pakistan had to be ready for ''all eventualities because India did not respond to peace overtures,'' an official statement said. Musharraf also proposed trilateral talks between New Delhi, Islamabad and kashmiri leaders to resolve the Kashmir issue. The conference at the Army General headquarters in Rawalpindi was held two days after artillery exchanges between Indian and Pakistani troops since US President Clinton visited the region in March an urged the countreis to talk peace. ''The conference, which was attended by all corps commanders and principal staff officers, deliberated at length on operational preparedness of the troops and other matters of professional nature,'' the statement said. ''They received operational briefings pertaining to the prevailing situation along the LoC,'' it said, adding Musharraf ''expressed his satisfaction on the measures adopted to ensure security all along the LoC. (Reuters)


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