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Musharraf to discuss Kashmir with PM
K J M Varma in Islamabad |
April 02, 2005 20:39 IST
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he will discuss the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visits New Delhi later this month, the state-run PTV quoted Musharraf as telling the members of the Cabinet of Southwest Baluchistan province in Quetta.
Musharraf will be in Delhi on April 16 to watch the last one-day Indo-Pak cricket match of the ongoing series the next day.
Earlier, addressing the centenary celebrations of the Command and Staff College in Quetta, he said Pakistan has put in place a strategy to gain defensive deterrence with India in the nuclear field. Efforts are on to achieve the same in the conventional field, he added.
Musharraf said Pakistan today was far better placed both politically and diplomatically after he took over power through a military coup in 1999.
He said extremism posed main threat to the society. The misuse of religious institutions needed to be checked to combat extremism.
"We must correct the wrong perception prevailing about Pakistan for which mainly some of our own people are responsible. They talk against the country for their vested interests," he said.