June 2003 News

Pervez wants Bush roadmap for Kashmir

25 June 2003
The Statesman
Press Trust of India

WASHINGTON: Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has said he would like Mr George Bush to involve himself in a West Asiastyle 'roadmap' on Kashmir, but feared India would not allow that as it wanted a bilateral resolution. Asked in an interview with ABC whether Mr Bush supported Pakistan's desire for more involvement by him in the Kashmir dispute, Gen. Musharraf said: 'Yes, he always says he will remain committed to bringing peace and harmony between India and Pakistan.' Asked if he would consider giving up either the post of President or Army Chief, Gen. Musharraf said: 'I was wearing four hats initially. When I took over (as President), I was the Chief of Army Staff, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief Executive and President. I didn't take these hats by choice. ...Circumstances put me in the situation. But then I realised this is not correct ... I started removing the hats. 'On the first opportunity, I gave up my position as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, and then, after a Supreme Court order, I gave up my position as Chief Executive. Once I feel stability has come I would certainly like to take off this, the one that remains,' he said, but did not specify which position he meant. About the US not supplying F 16 aircraft to Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal today reported that 'the Bush Administration feared giving military aid (to Pakistan) that could, in a change of government, end up in the wrong hands.' General on peace: President Musharraf has assured Mr Bush that he will make 100 per cent effort to end crossborder 'incidents' against India. 'Musharraf has committed to a a 100 per cent effort at trying to end crossborder incidents', a senior Administraton official said briefing reporters on the Camp David, adds PTI. 'Fait accompli': The lavish praise and aid to Pakistan suggests that the US is considering Islamabad's nuclear weapons capability as a 'fait accompli' and is now more worried about preventing control of the weapons from falling into the wrong hands, the New York Times reported today. The praise Mr Bush lavished on the General, and the grant of $3 billion in economic and military aid for the next five years, shows that Mr Bush and his aides seem to regard Pakistan's nuclear weapons capacity 'as a fait accompli,' the report said.


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