Musharraf Regrets Indian Refusal To Accept Kashmir Options
26 August 2006
The News International
Islamabad: President Pervez Musharraf has reiterated that peace and stability cannot be restored in the region without the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Talking to the newly elected President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Raja Zulqarnain, on Saturday in the presidential camp office, the president regretted Indian refusal to accept his three proposals of demilitarisation, self-governance and joint control for resolving the lingering dispute. Musharraf congratulated Zulqarnain on assuming the responsibilities of AJK President and expressed his hope that he (the AJK president) would play his due role in the reconstruction of AJK and highlight the Kashmir issue at every forum. 'Pakistan wants immediate restoration of peace talk with India,' he said, adding that the government is providing all reliable resources for the rehabilitation of AJK people. Explaining the Kashmir policy of Pakistan, Musharraf said the government would continue moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris. Commenting on the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people, Musharraf said these would be remembered forever. Reiterating his condemnation of the Mumbai bomb blasts, the president said Pakistan has taken sincere steps for peace talks with India but no progress has been made in this regard and now the peace process has been stalled after the Mumbai bomb blasts. Musharraf assured the AJK president of all possible assistance from the federal government in reconstruction of the AJK earthquake-affected areas and said the process of reconstruction and rehabilitation is in full swing. Appreciating the policies of President Musharraf, Zulqarnain vowed to favour the polices of the president.