August 2004 News

Indian signals on Kashmir 'confuse' Musharraf

10 August 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Islamabad: Suggesting that India was giving contradictory signals on resolving the Kashmir issue, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said this had left him 'confused'. 'On one side I am hopeful, while on the other Indians are giving negative signals. I am confused,' he said in a wide-ranging interview to english daily 'The News'. In talks, he said Indians looked serious in solving the Kashmir problem but in public 'they do not speak with the same mind.' The President said that he told about it to External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh when he called on him recently. Musharraf went on to add 'then I have my doubts they are playing tricks. I think they are moulding their public opinion gradually. There is a new government in India, and one should give it a chance.' Describing Kashmir as a 'flashpoint', he said public in India was for peace and once the issue was resolved 'rest will fall in line.' He also said that he would be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in September.'There are some fillers from there (India) and I would meet him, certainly,' he said. Both the leaders are expected to be in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.


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