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Pak dailies' mixed reaction to outcome of Musharraf's India visit

Islamabad, April 20, IRNA
Pakistan-India
Two Pakistani newspapers came up with mixed reactions to a joint statement at the end of meeting between President General Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Monday and comments by Mr. Musharraf on settlement of Kashmir dispute.

Daily Jang in one of its editorials on Wednesday wrote that one positive aspect of President Musharraf's India visit was that both countries would open consulates in Karachi and Bombay, facilitating divided families to meet.

Pakistan and India vowed to continue the on-going dialogue process to resolve bilateral matters, including the Kashmir issue.

"Pakistan reiterated its cooperation in realization of the multi-billion gas pipeline from Iran to India via Pakistan," however, the editorial said that some Indian experts were against the pipeline passing through Pakistan, as it would significantly benefit the country.

It also welcomed the decision to set up a Pak-India joint business council to promote economic and trade relations between the two nations.

Another newspaper Nawai Waqt expressed concerns over President Musharraf's reported statement on Kashmir issue, wherein he said Pakistan could consider joint control of the territory or even an independent Kashmir state.

According to the daily, General Musharraf had adopted a stance of "retreat" on the issue, which was the cause of two of the three wars between the two nations since their independence in August 1947.

"An independent Kashmir or Pak-India's joint control is not the solution of the issue as per the aspirations of the Kashmiris, who laid down thousand of lives for their right to self-determination," Nawai Waqt added.

One part of Kashmir is under Pakistan's control while the other under India's. It has been the main hurdle in normalization of their relations between nuclear-armed neighboring states.

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