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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Musharraf calls for peaceful Kashmir solution

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 18 June, ( Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute for durable peace and development in the region.

He was addressing the second summit of conference on Inter-action and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Almay, Kazakhstan on Saturday.

The President said that Pakistan is engaged with India in a peace process to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute.

He said the implementation of a number of CBM' in diverse factors has improved relations and security environment in South Asia. This is a unique opportunity that must be seized to resolve the Kashmir dispute which will usher in a new era of peace and cooperation in South Asia. He said this is achievable through leadership sincerity, courage and flexibility.

The President said in neighboring Afghanistan we desire to see a success of the people and the government of the country in their efforts aimed at reconciliation and rehabilitation.

He said Pakistan supports Bonn process and will contribute for construction of that country. He said a stable, strong and prosperous Afghanistan is vital for regional peace and development.

About the Iranian nuclear issue, General Pervez Musharraf said tension over this issue has been a source of deep concern to all of us. He said that we welcome the renewed diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated settlement as well as the US decision to directly engage with Iran.

The President supported Iran-EU-three talks to search for a diplomatic solution especially by Russia and China.

Referring to terrorism General Pervez Musharraf said it is affecting the whole world and undermining the development process. He said Pakistan is against terrorism in all its forms, has been the victim of terrorism and is in the forefront to fight it out.

In this regard, he referred to his vision of enlightened moderation which on the one hand rejects terrorism and on the other urges the west to resolve conflicts concerning the Muslims.

He referred to pivotal role that Pakistan can play in this regard giving its strategic location at the grass roots of Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

Radio Pakistan's special correspondent in Almaty reports that the participation of Pakistan at this high level forum reflects the great importance that Pakistan places on confidence building in all fields in Asia.

- Asian Tribune -

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