Musharraf pushes for peace between India and Pakistan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 18:03
Washington: Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf, known for his Kargil misadventure and later for his back channel peace diplomacy on Kashmir, now believes that India and Pakistan should end confrontation and go for peace.

"We must stop this confrontation between Indian and Pakistan," Musharraf in his speech at Seattle over the weekend.

"We must go for peace for the sake of the world, because the world considers us to be a nuclear flash point," the former Pakistani president was quoted as saying by 'The Seattle Times'.

Speaking at a news conference, Musharraf denied that Pakistan has supported terrorist activity in India; instead he accused New Delhi of supporting terrorism inside his country, including Baluchistan province, where rebels have begun secessionist movement.

Musharraf, who lives in London, is currently on a lecture tour of the United States.

Though he praised US President Barack Obama for sending more troops to Afghanistan, the former Pak ruler criticised him for announcing a time table of withdrawal of troops from the country.

Addressing several hundred Pakistanis in Seattle on Sunday, Musharraf also spoke against the Talibanisation and said this posed a serious threat to the country.

"We need to ask ourselves, do we or don't we want a Taliban/al Qaeda culture in Pakistan ... because every action then flows from that decision," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 18:03

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