April 2004 News

Pak against ‘zero speed’ on Kashmir

11 April 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

BEIJING: Pakistan has cautioned India that ‘zero’ speed on resolving the Kashmir issue and ‘supersonic’ speed on tackling other issues like trade would not lead to progress in Indo-Pak rapprochement. 'It is not possible to go on supersonic speed on trade and zero speed on Kashmir. The principle of simultaneity mean that you have to talk on all issues with an open mind and open heart. Then it is possible that you can go at 100 miles an hour on trade and 80, 70 or 60 miles an hour on Kashmir,' Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said. 'It can’t be at zero miles an hour on Kashmir,' Kasuri told the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) in an interview aired here today. Commenting on the Indo-Pak peace moves, Kasuri, who was here this week on his first official visit to China, noted that both countries have taken a number of Confidence Building Measures to ease ties. 'We have started a large number of Confidence Building Measures but in order that they be sustained, the requirement is that there be a genuine dialogue on all the issues some of which have been identified by the two parties,' he said. 'We didn’t go to war for the resumption of air links, resumption of rail links. Why did we go to war, three major wars, three minor wars and a near war last year, why? It was over Kashmir and not over railway link resumption. So we have to talk on real issues,' Kasuri said. 'In order that the Confidence Building Measures are sustained, there have to be progress on all issues...Pakistan is willing to show flexibility, we also hope India will also show similar flexibility,' he added. (PTI)


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