Advani says Paks insistence on Kashmir being the core issue wont achieve anything

April 21st, 2008 - 4:19 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Apr 21 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and Indias Leader of Opposition, LK Advani has said that Pakistans insistence on describing Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan would not achieve anything, instead the matters relating to commerce should precede the dispute.

Advani said that he encouraged the composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan.

Advani was optimistic that a day would come when the two countries would form a confederation to solve the issue. He viewed cross-border terrorism as a bone of contention in the India-Pakistan peace process.

Acknowledging that militancy has decreased along the borders, the BJP leader in an interview with Pakistani daily said that no progress could be made in the peace process until militancy was completely wiped out.

In the interview, the former Indian deputy prime minister spoke on a wide range of issues, including communalism, the prospects of peace between India and Pakistan and the 2001 Agra Summit.

He said President Pervez Musharraf had incorrectly blamed him for the summits failure. Instead, he said he was one of the architects of the summit. It was Musharrafs inflexibility that had led to the meetings failure, said Advani. (ANI)

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