November 2004 News

Kasuri Soft Pedals Musharraf's Tough Talk On Kashmir

21 November 2004
The Indian Express

Lahore: Pakistan was back in a conciliatory mood on Sunday with its Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri soft pedalling President Pervez Musharraf's tough talk on Kashmir and expressing the hope that any glitches in the peace process will be sorted out. The suave Pakistani Foreign Minister used the same forum at which his President had on Saturday accused India of having a patronising attitude, to affirm Islamabad's commitment to peace process. Musharraf, he said, was not angry but pained when he spoke on Saturday about relations with India. 'But the President is committed to peace with India', Kasuri said in his address on the second day of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) conference being held here. Sounding generally upbeat, Kasuri indicated progress in two important confidence building measures with India - the start of bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad and a gas pipeline from Iran to India through Pakistani territory. 'Unless something petty comes in between the bus service will start', Kasuri said.


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