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Pakistan to give up claims on Kashmir on conditions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 5, IRNA
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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Troops will be withdrawn from the region in a staggered manner.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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