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'Indo-US N-deal is a bilateral arrangement'
June 19, 2006 16:34 IST
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the recent Indo-US nuclear deal was a bilateral arrangement but emphasised that Islamabad should be treated on an equal basis for maintaining geo-strategic balance in the region.
As far as US relationship with India was concerned, he said, "Pakistan wants that it should be treated at par with India as far as strategic capabilities are concerned." President Musharraf observed that India and US have their own bilateral interests and Pakistan's relationship with the United States is totally different from that of Indo-US relations.
He believed that the existing congenial environment provided a unique opportunity for the two countries to work for a solution of the Kashmir issue for securing a lasting peace in South Asia.
In separate interviews with Phoenix TV, Dragon TV Shanghai and China Radio International, President Musharraf advocated Pakistan's desire to attain full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
"We are confident that our association with this important regional organisation will contribute significantly to the implementation of the SCO charter that is meant to promote peace, security and development, particularly in the Asian region," he said, pointing out that Pakistan's geo-strategic location made it eminently suitable for development of inter-regional cooperation.