Dual Standards Of Musharraf Vis-a-vis Kashmir: Report
25 December 2003
The Times of India
New Delhi: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has told the Kashmiri leaders based there and in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir that the present fencing on Line of Control by India indicated a 'negative' attitude and that it could be uprooted by it 'anytime of its choice', claimed a US- based Pakista ni news portal. According to the South Asia Tribune , Musharraf told the Kashmiri leaders that he was for the UN resolutions on Kashmir and that the Kashmir would not be sold out at any cost. Talking to Kashmiri leaders on fencing at the LoC, he termed it a negative attitude adding, 'we have registered our protest with the Indian authorities and that Pakistan could root out it at any time of its choice.' The South Asia Tribune claimed that this was the original conversation between Musharraf and the Kashmiri leaders and was censored by information ministry. However, within a matter of hours, Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and other officials of the information ministry including one Ashfaq Gondal, called all newspaper offices to drop the threat which Musharraf had made, the South Asia Tribune claimed. It was, however, naive on the part of Musharraf or the information ministry to believe that by censoring the publication of his remarks, what he had said could be undone and Kashmiri leaders would not repeat them to their colleagues and friends, the newspaper commented.