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Pakistan to give up claims on Kashmir on conditions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 5, IRNA
Pakistan President General Parvez Musharraf, has for the first time said that Pakistan is prepared to give up its claim on Kashmir, which could be a major breakthrough between India and Pakistan if implemented in reality.

Speaking to one of the private Indian TV channels NDTV Musharraf said that under the 'four-point' solution to Kashmir, Pakistan will also give up its old demand for a plebiscite in Kashmir and will forget all the UN resolutions.

One of the senior strategic affairs Indian analyst Dr C Raja Mohan believes that Musharraf is offering India a new template to discuss the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Another senior analyst from the Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA) C Uday Bhasker believes Musharraf's statement on dropping Pakistan's insistence on independence for Kashmir is a signal to voices of azadi (independence) that Pakistan no longer supports that view.

Musharraf also made it clear that if the four-point solution is agreed upon, Pakistan will give up on the UN resolutions and its long-standing demand for a plebiscite.

India has refused to re-draw the boundaries of Kashmir or give away any territory, while Pakistan refused to accept the Line of Control as the international border.

Under the 4-point solution, these two basic conditions are not changed.

The four points for the solution are:
Kashmir will have the same borders but people will be allowed to move freely back and forth in the region.

The region will have self-governance or autonomy, but not independence.

Troops will be withdrawn from the region in a staggered manner.

A joint supervision mechanism will be set up, with India, Pakistan and Kashmir representatives.


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