United Nations, Sept 12: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf today accused India of adopting a "threatening and aggressive" posture and claimed that he acted with "restraint and responsibility despite New Delhi`s provocation and threats over the past year."
Describing South Asia as the "most dangerous place on earth", Musharraf told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that peace in the region is "hostess to one accident, one
strategic miscalculation by India."
Accusing India of spurning several "peace proposals",
Musharraf said "let me declare from this rostrum Pakistan
would not start a conflict with India but if a war is thrust upon US, we shall exercise our right to self-defence fully and effectively."
Musharraf claimed that Pakistan has acted with "restraint
and responsibility" despite India`s "provocation and threats
over the past year."
To bring peace to the subcontinent, Musharraf proposed
mutual withdrawal of forward deployed forces by both India and Pakistan, observance of a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir and cessation of "India`s state terrorism in Kashmir."
Simultaneously, a dialogue must be resumed, he said adding the structure for such a dialogue was already agreed between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and him in Agra last year.
"The Kashmiris should be fully associated with the dialogue on Kashmir and should be allowed to travel freely to Pakistan and Azad Pakistan occupied Kashmir," he said.
He also claimed that the conflict in Kashmir was being
waged by Kashmiris and said, "no amount of external assistance could have inspired Kashmiri people to sacrifice the lives of 80,000 of their youth and to sustain their struggle for decades against India."