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Musharraf 'satisfied' with progress on Sir Creek, Siachen
K J M Varma in Islamabad | January 17, 2007 01:42 IST
Expressing 'satisfaction' over the progress of talks with India on bilateral issues including Siachen and Sir Creek, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that resolution of Kashmir was essential for achieving durable peace in the region.
Musharraf apprised his top army commanders of his talks with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who visited
He was addressing the 100th Corps Commanders at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, the first opportunity for the top brass of the Pakistani Army to review the outcome of talks held during Mukherjee's visit.
The external affairs minister met Musharraf before holding talks with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and later his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid M Kasuri.
Pakistan has given to India a 'detailed and comprehensive package' to resolve the conflict over Siachen, Kasuri told
The navies of the two countries began a joint survey on Monday of Sir Creek, a 65 mile-long marshy strip off the
Kasuri, after his talks with Mukherjee, said Pakistan was willing to meet India's concerns over indicating troops positions. India, however, wants the authentication of the positions held by troops of both the countries.
"If the intention was to find where the troops were, we could find ways and means to meet India's concerns," Kasuri
In his meeting with the commanders, Musharraf dwelt on the international and regional environment and its relevance
The participants also had a comprehensive discussion on the situation prevailing along the Pak-Afghan border, an
Islamabad is under pressure from the United States and NATO countries who have deployed their troops in Afghanistan to reign in Taliban militants, who they claimed operated from Pakistan's Quetta region.
Musharraf rejected statements that Pakistan was fighting terrorism under any pressure. "Terrorism is a threat to our
Reports said Musharraf was considering a review of the North Waziristan peace deal struck with tribal elders last
The President apprised the participants about decisions taken to control illegal movements across the international
The commanders reviewed the four-pronged strategy being followed in FATA.
"It was decided that we shall continue to pursue controlling extremism and terrorism through a political process but we shall not allow any illegal cross-border activity or any terrorist to take refuge in our area, which shall be dealt with direct military action," Musharraf said.
"Any hideout or sanctuary being used by terrorists and miscreants shall be knocked out wherever it is found," he said.
His comments came as Pakistani troops launched aerial attacks on several al-Qaida hideouts in South Waziristan in