No U-turn on Kashmir issue, says Pak president
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, April 27, IRNA
Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf has defended his stand over Kashmir, saying Pakistan's policy on the dispute with India had not changed.
President Musharraf said this during a state-run Pakistan Television program excerpts of which were broadcast on Wednesday.
Referring to a leading Kashmiri leader's statement that Pakistan had changed its decades-old stand, he said that his intention was to ease Kashmiris' troubles. "Why do I need to take a U-turn for any reason?"
Pakistan and India have resolved to settle their issues, including Kashmir problem through peaceful means. Both have fought three wars, two over Kashmir since their independence from British rule in August 1947 .
Experts say that Kashmir dispute is the main cause of tension and hurdle to normalization of their relations.
President Musharraf also said that the Kashmir dispute would be resolved with the support of people and vowed that he would not let the Kashmiri people and Pakistani nation down.
One part of Kashmir is under Pakistan's control while the other major part under India's.
In February last year, Pakistan and India started a composite dialogue, covering all the issues impeding their relations including Kashmir.
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