India, Pakistan ties at "lowest ebb": Musharraf

Cambridge (Massachusetts), Sept 09: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that the relations with India had reached a new low, accusing New Delhi of running a global smear campaign to depict Pakistan as a terrorist state.

Cambridge (Massachusetts), Sept 09: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that the relations with India had reached a new low, accusing New Delhi of running a global smear campaign to depict Pakistan as a terrorist state.

In an address at Harvard University at the start of a week-long US visit yesterday, Musharraf blamed Indian "intransigency" over Kashmir for the current border standoff.
He also called on the United States to help intervene in the dispute over Kashmir.

"Indo-Pakistan relations are at their lowest ebb," Musharraf told his audience.
"Pakistan has made major commitments and taken significant steps to ease the current crisis. India must take
reciprocal steps," he said, highlighting India's refusal to view Kashmir as the "core" dispute.

"There is grave risk and nothing to be gained from military brinkmanship," Musharraf said, adding that the US was in a "unique position" to help resolve the Indo-Pakistan stand-off given its friendly ties with both countries.

Musharraf also urged the international community not to be "misled" by coming elections in Jammu and Kashmir. "There
is no possibility that these can be free, fair, open, transparent and inclusive," he said.

Since the September 11 attacks on the US, Musharraf said that India had waged a "relentless" campaign to cast Pakistan on the "wrong side" of the terrorism issue.

"Attempts to misrepresent Pakistan's position are sinister and motivated," he said highlighting Pakistan's frontline status in the US-led campaign against terrorism.

Bureau Report

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