September 2002 News

''LoC itself is problem, not solution''

11 September 2002
The Pioneer

Washington DC: President Pervez Musharraf has dismissed reports that India and Pakistan are moving towards accepting the Line of Control as a permanent boundary. ''That is not a solution because as we keep saying it (the line) is the problem,'' Musharraf, who is in the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly session, said in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor. Reports had emanated in the last weeks from both India and Pakistan that the two countries were prepared to consider the LoC as the permanent border. Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha told reporters on Monday that New Delhi had not commented on them but that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had gone on record rejecting such a solution. Musharraf wanted Washington to resume ''substantial'' arms sales to his country to help ensure a ''balance of power'' in the troubled region. The US suspended the arms sales in protest against Pakistan''s 1998 nuclear tests. On Kashmir, Musharraf insisted that Pakistan was controlling incursions by extremists across the line into India. ''I personally have taken a number of decisions which have been very sensitive to our country and the reciprocation has not come,'' Musharraf said. He added it was time for the world to ''make India accept a dialogue'', suggesting that the US, in particular, should be more forceful in encouraging talks.


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