Pakistan cannot afford more US confrontations with Iran: Musharraf
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Oct 31, IRNA
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is opposed to confrontations by the United States with Iran, saying Islamabad cannot afford more fronts against Islamic countries.
"In my capacity, I have told everyone that we cannot afford confrontations with Iran," President Musharraf told the Saudi daily Arab News in an interview in Islamabad.
"We cannot open new fronts.
I have always said that we need to close fronts. This is our stand and we are playing our role in this.
I am personally playing a role," he said.
"When I go to the US and meet the leadership, I will tell them we have to close fronts.
We cannot afford so many fronts.
We have a front in Iraq, a front in Afghanistan, a front in Palestine and a front in Kashmir.
"Let us close all these fronts because they are affecting the Muslim world. So we in Pakistan are playing this role and we will continue to play this role," the president went on to say.
Regarding prospects of talks with India and Pakistan's offer to open the Line of Control (LOC) which divides Kashmir, Musharraf said the idea was aimed at enabling Kashmiris to take advantage of the relief activities in progress.
"It is unfortunate that anybody has said that Pakistan has haggled on this issue.
"Pakistan has been haggling on only one issue: Indian military personnel coming across the LOC. On no other issue has Pakistan haggled.
"As for relief operations, let me repeat that if India wants to send anything, please send it.
"In any amount, in any quantity and in any form.
"We want relief supplies.
"Open the LOC. We have opened relief centers at five points on the LOC. We have suggested five crossing points and the Indians are talking of three."
Musharraf said he was all for opening the LOC and making it irrelevant. In fact, he said, he was for demilitarization.
The president said it was unfortunate that in some quarters, especially in the Arab world, there was a misunderstanding about the recent contacts between Pakistan and Israel.
Pakistan's stance concerning the Palestinian cause remains unchanged. There has been no change whatsoever, the president said.
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