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Musharraf calls for out-of-box solution

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Last updated on: April 18, 2005 10:08 IST
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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said India and Pakistan needed to discuss Kashmir by analysing in deeper context the issue of independence, self-governance, autonomy, joint control and joint management to arrive at an "out-of-the-box solution."

He said unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved the problem could "erupt" in the future under a different leadership and different environment in the two countries. He said agreements mean nothing in different environment and under different leadership.

While interacting with editors of major newspapers on Monday, Musharraf said that all these issues have "different shades and connotations and therefore needed to be analysed in a deeper context".

He said while resolving the Kashmir issue step by step, there was need to generate public debate and support among the people involved -- Kashmiris.

"Right now, we are having a very good relationship with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But nobody is permanent in this world," Musharraf said emphasising that the issue has to be resolved.

Musharraf virtually brushed aside Indian stand that boundaries cannot be altered and made it clear that Line of Control cannot be the final solution.

"I keep hearing boundaries cannot be altered. At the same time, Line of Control cannot be accepted as a final solution and I know Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) also absolutely accepts it," he said.

He urged both countries to work for a situation where "borders do not matter."

A solution has to be found within these parameters, he said.

"We have to reflect forward 10 years from now we have to resolve the issue acceptable to India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir." he said.

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