September 2004 News

India Reluctant To Accept Timeframe

14 September 2004
The Nation

Islamabad: In a bid to push the dragging peace process forward, Islamabad thinks that a maximum of two years would be a 'reasonable timeframe' to resolve Kashmir problem, a period New Delhi is so far reluctant to commit to. 'Maximum two years is the timeframe put forward by Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir issue but India is adamant in its refusal to agree with this proposal despite hectic diplomatic efforts made by Islamabad,' well placed sources told The Nation on Tuesday. Pakistan does not favour an open ended dialogue with India for the resolution of Kashmir and other issues. This is what the Foreign Office Spokesman reiterated in his weekly Press briefing on Monday. 'There are no deadlines but the timeframe has to be there,' he said, adding that the ongoing dialogue with India should not be open ended and there must be a certain timetable to resolve the Kashmir issue. According to the sources, Pakistan, in the recent Pak- India dialogue in New Delhi, told India that both the sides should have the clear idea about the objectives of negotiations as well as the achievements of these goals within the specified time period. However, contrary to Pakistan's desire India is of the view that both the sides cannot set a time-limit on the complicated issues. The sources said it was this rigid stance of India that forced Islamabad to opt for back channel diplomacy and as a result, President Musharraf's close aide, Tariq Aziz rushed to New Delhi last week to have interaction with Indian National Security Advisor J N Dixit. A source said even the back channel diplomacy had failed so far to achieve the desired results and keeping in view the consultations between Tariq Aziz and Dixit Islamabad expects no breakthrough in the important meeting between President Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the sidelines of UN General Assembly meeting, later this month. 'At the most, the top leaders of South Asian nuclear states are likely to come up after their meeting is the reaffirmation of pledge to carry forward the peace process with no likelihood of any agreement on 'reasonable timetable' for the resolution of Kashmir problem,' he added. However, he said Gen. Pervez Musharraf on his part, would once again try to persuade the Indian Prime Minister to adopt a clear timetable for the settlement of bilateral disputes.


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