Pakistan Seeks US Help For Kashmir Process
16 March 2005
Islamabad: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has urged the United States to support efforts aimed at resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in keeping with the aspirations of the Kashmiris. According to Dawn newspaper on Thursday, Musharraf in a meeting with the visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice here on Wednesday said that normalization in the region would not be possible without the settlement of the core dispute between Pakistan and India. He maintained the confidence-building measures should be matched by tangible progress in the dialogue process, the report said. The US secretary of state praised President Musharraf's vision for South Asia and initiatives to promote peace and stability in the region, Dawn said. She briefed the president on her interaction with Indian leaders on issues of common interest. In a meeting with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz here, she said that Pakistan was a pivotal country in the region that could be a model for the Muslim world, the newspaper said. Talking to reports en route to New Delhi, earlier, she said that her country's relations with Pakistan were at their best with deepening cooperation with Pakistan in the war against terrorism, Daily Times reported Thursday.