December 2003 News

Only a traitor can compromise on Kashmir: Musharraf

29 December 2003
The Hindustan Times
KJM Varma (Press Trust of India)

KJM Varma (Press Trust of India)Islamabad: Firmly denying any international pressure to roll back Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme and its stand on Kashmir, President Pervez Musharraf has said there was no question of backing out on these issues, as only a 'traitor' could do so.'There is no pressure whatsoever on me to roll back the nuclear and missile programme. We are not rolling back, there is no question, these are our national interests and only a traitor will think of rolling back,' he told a function at All Pakistan Newspapers Society in Islamabad on Monday night.He said Pakistan was a declared nuclear power, has nuclear assets and a missile programme.  He also dismissed the impression that he was ready for a 'sell out' on Kashmir as completely unfounded and regrettable.On the contrary he said, 'the Kashmir dispute is in the limelight'.The conversion of Line of Control into international border could not be a solution to the Kashmir issue but at the same time Pakistan was ready for taking peace initiative forward towards resolution of outstanding issues including Kashmir, Musharraf said.He hoped that India and Pakistan would move forward over bilateral issues during the SAARC summit next month.


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