Pak's New K-formula?
25 October 2004
Islamabad: In a new formulation to resolve the Kashmir issue, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday suggested India and Pakistan consider the option of identifying some 'regions' of Kashmir on both sides of Line of Control, demilitarise them and grant them the status of independence or joint control or under UN mandate. 'I will leave a food for thought for you. Take Kashmir in its entirety. It has seven regions. Two of the regions are in Pakistan and five are in India.In my view, identify a region, whether it is the whole or seven or part, I do not know. Identify the region, demilitarise the region forever and change its status,' Gen Musharraf said at an Iftar dinner attended by diplomats, Government officials and media persons here. Elaborating further, he said, 'The status can be independence, condominium where there can be a joint control or there can be un mandate' which has to be defined by 'legal people'. State-run PTV quoted Gen Musharraf as saying that a solution to the lingering Kashmir problem cannot be found either by insisting on plebiscite or making the loc into a permanent border.'