April 2003 News

Pakistan rejects US criticism over Kashmir

19 April 2003
The Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday rejected criticism from the United States that it has not done enough to control militant incursions into Indian Held Kashmir.Islamabad has taken all possible preventive measures and no infiltration is taking place, a foreign office spokesman told reporters. Mr Aziz Ahmed Khan noted that Pakistan had repeatedly offered to allow the deployment of neutral observers to verify no incursions were taking place across the Line of Control.Pakistan had also repeatedly called for dialogue with India on the problem, he said. 'No positive response to these offers which has been going on, have been received from India. These allegations are baseless,' said Khan, who called on the international community to press India to agree to dialogue with Pakistan on the matter. Mr Khan was replying to comments by the US State Department's director of policy planning Richard Haass, who told an Indian TV channel on Friday that Washington had been urging Pakistan to halt incursions by Islamic guerrillas into Indian-ruled Kashmir.'I'll be honest, we have not succeeded, and we are at times, shall we say, disappointed and frustrated with that reality,' Haass said.Pakistan's prime minister on Friday welcomed peace overtures from his Indian counterpart Atal Behari Vajpayee, who is touring Indian Kashmir. -AFP


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