Pak Regrets India's Muted Response To Musharraf's Proposals
10 November 2004
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday regretted that India had not responded with 'an open heart' to President Pervez Musharraf's recent formulation to resolve the Kashmir issue and claimed that the General showed 'substantial flexibility' by offering the proposals.'Unfortunately, the Indian response is muted and it has not responded to the opinions with an open heart,' Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan told state-run PTV. He also said that Musharraf has assured people of Pakistan's firm stance relating to UN resolutions or aspirations of Kashmiris, and the country's participation in the ongoing dialogue process with 'open eyes.' Musharraf showed 'substantial flexibility' and offered the options, he said, commenting on the General's October 25 suggestions of dividing Kashmir on both sides of the LoC into seven regions, demilitarising them and changing their status.After Musharraf made the remarks, India said that any such proposal or suggestion should be taken up only at the ongoing Composite Dialogue process. 'We have heard these comments. We do not believe that J&K is a subject on which discussion can be held through the media,' External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna had said. Khan said Musharraf has made the boldest statement on the issue of Kashmir and has called for a new approach for the resolution of the 50-year old problem. He noted that Musharraf has also rejected the idea of turning the Line of Control into a permanent border.