Kashmir settlement needs to be acceptable to everyone: Musharraf
2 September 2005
The Daily Times
Islamabad: We need to address the Kashmir dispute in a focused manner and seek a final settlement which is acceptable to Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir, President General Pervez Musharraf said on Friday. 'Progress on this issue (Kashmir) will facilitate progress on other issues,' the president told Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, who had called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to brief him on the foreign secretary-level talks held between him and his Pakistani counterpart. Musharraf said he was satisfied that the second round of the composite dialogue had concluded with 'some positive developments'. Referring to his meeting with the Indian prime minister in April this year, the president said that 'improved atmospherics had created a conducive environment to make real progress on all issues, particularly the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.' He hoped that the withdrawal of troops from urban centres and an end to human rights violations would 'help a great deal in raising the comfort level of the Kashmiri people'. He said he looked forward to his meeting with the India prime minister later this month in New York. The Indian foreign secretary said Dr Manmohan Singh was committed to peace with Pakistan and was keen to see progress in the composite dialogue.