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Will discuss Kashmir and more: Musharraf
The Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today maintained that the ``root cause'' of the tension between India and Pakistan is the unresolved Jammu and Kashmir dispute, but declared his readiness to discuss all other outstanding issues between the two countries during his proposed summit meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

'Any day from end June'
Pakistan is proposing any time between the third week of June to first week of July for Gen. Pervez Musharraf's visit to New Delhi. In an interview to the BBC, he said, ``I am available as soon as we arrive at a mutually convenient date. We are proposing June 20, 25, end of June or early July as possible dates. We have to arrive at a coordinated date.''

India happy
India today reacted positively to the formal acceptance of the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee's invitation for talks by Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

 Invitation to Musharraf well thought-out: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today asked the All-Party Hurriyat Conference to talk to the Government interlocutor, Mr. K. C. Pant, before pressing for a meeting with Pakistan's Chief Executive and military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

'I am looking ahead with optimism'
The Pakistan military ruler and Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today hailed the invitation extended to him by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to visit New Delhi as ``bold, courageous and an act of statesmanship''. He said he was going with a ``flexible and open mind''.

 Pant meets Shabir Shah, others
The Centre's interlocutor, Mr. K.C. Pant, today continued his efforts of holding talks with various groups and individuals in Kashmir, adding a political component in the process.

Redefine Centre-State ties: TDP
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, today said his party would not destabilise the NDA Government but would press the Centre for a thorough redefinition of Centre-State relations.

Manipur BJP headed for split
With a BJP Government in Manipur out of the question, the party is now reconciled to a split in its ranks in the State. Nineteen of the 20 MLAs, who recently crossed over to the BJP, may support the efforts of the State Assembly Speaker, Mr. Dhananjay Singh, to form a government.

Omar escapes bid on life
Militants today made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the Union Minister of State for Commerce, Mr. Omar Abdullah, when he inaugurated a computer centre in a school in Srinagar.

No trace of Prabhakar
The Rajasthan police today expressed its ignorance about the whereabouts of the former cricketer, Mr. Manoj Prabhakar, and denied having received any request from the Uttaranchal or Delhi police to nab him.


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