October 2006 News

Talks on Kashmir under way, says Musharraf

11 October 2006
The Hindu
Nirupama Subramanian

Islamabad: President Pervez Musharraf said on Wednesday that discussions were under way between Pakistan and India for an agreement on the Kashmir issue. He expressed the hope that 'something' could be announced during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed visit here. 'Yes, there are discussions. We cannot divulge anything now. When we agree on something, we will announce it. We are trying to make [Dr. Singh's] visit I have invited him and he has accepted substantive,' he said. He was replying to a question at a press conference here. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, told a British TV channel that a joint working group had been set up to work out a road map. 'No JWG' General Musharraf said there was no such group but the two countries wanted to move forward on Kashmir, and the Havana declaration following his meeting with Mr. Singh in Cuba was evidence of that. It had shown that both countries were willing to make compromises. On the charge that the ISI had a hand in the recent Mumbai blasts, he said no proof had been given to him in Havana.


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