August 2002 News

All Kashmir incursions cannot be halted: Pak

22 August 2002
The Asian Age

Kathmandu: Pakistan said on Wednesday it was impossible to completely stop Muslim militants slipping into Kashmir prompting New Delhi to renew offers of joint patrols along one of the world’s most dangerous frontiers. ''We have always said there is no way to absolutely seal the border. Individuals, probably of divided families, even some rogue elements, some renegades might be crossing the LoC,'' Pakistan foreign minister Inam-ul-Haq told journalists in Kathmandu on the margins of a South Asian conference. But India said Pakistan should clearly admit it could not on its own end infiltration across the Line of Control and revived a proposal for the two countries to conduct joint patrols to stop incursions. ''If it is beyond their control, they should say so clearly. Perhaps we can do it together,'' India’s foreign minister Yashwant Sinha said. Joint patrolling has been rejected by Islamabad in the past. Mr Haq and Mr Sinha are attending the foreign ministers’ meeting of the seven-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Kathmandu. The two shook hands briefly and smiled for news cameras as they left the opening session of the conference. (Reuters)


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