Mumbai Attacks Not Linked To Kashmir: Pranab

22 January 2009
The Times of India

Kabul: Addressing a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Rangeen Dadfar Spanta in Kabul, foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee replying to question on Kashmir on Thursday said that the international community should not link the November 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai to Kashmir. Referring to the recent controversial statement made by British foreign secretary David Miliband on Kashmir suggesting terror attacks in south Asia would stop with the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Mukherjee asserted: 'These attacks (on Mumbai) are not related to Jammu and Kashmir and are a part of global terrorism.' 'The international community has to take it as a part of global terrorism and deal with it accordingly,' Mukherjee added. He further said that Kashmir is an integral part of India and the people of that state have overwhelmingly exercised their voting rights. 'They (people of Kashmir) participated (in elections) despite boycott call by a section of people in the state. Still there was record unprecedented turnout of 61.5 per cent,' he said. . Mukherjee noted that India and Pakistan had agreed under the Simla Agreement, Lahore Agreement and all bilateral mechanisms that all outstanding issues are to be resolved through bilateral dialogue