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India downplays Musharraf's Kashmir formula
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June 27, 2006 00:02 IST

India on Monday refused to respond to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's [Images] latest suggestions for demilitarisation and joint control of Jammu and Kashmir [Images], making it clear that it had already rejected such proposals.

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"I don't have specific response to this interview but our position on all these matters has been made quite clear," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters when asked to comment on Musharraf's remarks to a TV channel on Saturday that 'demilitarisation' was his suggestion for 'final resolution' of the Kashmir issue.

"I have proposed demilitarisation as a... final resolution. Demilitarise Kashmir, give self governance to people of Kashmir with a joint management arrangement on top. This is an idea I am proposing," Musharraf said.

'India must consider Pak proposals'

Sources in New Delhi confirmed that Pakistan had made these proposals during talks but these had been rejected. Musharraf had first made these proposals during an interview in January and New Delhi was quick to reject these.

India had asserted that it was a 'sovereign' decision to be taken by it based on security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and could not be 'dictated by any foreign government.'

New Delhi also dismissed Musharraf's reference to self-governance in Jammu and Kashmir, maintaining that the state already enjoyed autonomy and had in place a popular government elected through free and fair elections, unlike the parts of the state under Pakistan's control.

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