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Musharraf more focused on talks

March 15, 2005 18:54 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday said he looked forward to holding "a little more concrete" talks with Indian leaders when he visits India to watch one of the matches in the ongoing cricket series.

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"I have been invited to India and I have a blank cheque to watch any of the matches. More important than the match, I would like to meet Indian leaders and I know there is desire on the other side, and I look forward to making this meeting a little more concrete, to move the process forward," he said in an interview to BBC's Asia Today programme.

On Kashmir, Musharraf said: "We are giving bilateralism a chance [as] there is sincerity on the other side. The sincerity was visible in the joint statement we gave. After that a lot of time has passed, and we haven't moved forward," he said, adding that the agreement on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service showed flexibility on both sides.

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Musharraf said the "resolution [of the Kashmir issue] is important to reinforce, to strengthen the moderates. If we fail, we will have weekend the moderates and strengthened the extremists because the extremists don't think that political solution is possible, while the moderates like I do say yes we will resolve it politically. The whole world should understand this."

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