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Cricket not as important as talks on Kashmir, says Musharraf

By B. Muralidhar Reddy

ISLAMABAD, APRIL 9 . The Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, has said that more than cricket the basic objective of his three-day visit to India beginning on April 16 is to hold discussions on Kashmir.

In a brief reference while addressing a National Students Convention here today, he said: "Watching cricket is not as important as talks with the Indian leadership on Kashmir."

Gen. Musharraf said, "prior to the launching of the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service, a survey of Kashmiris along the LoC was carried out. Through the survey, a majority told us that they should be given an opportunity to meet with each other."

His remarks on talks on Kashmir assume significance as earlier this week his Principal Secretary and National Security Council Secretary, Tariq Aziz, is believed to have met the Prime Minister's representative, S.K. Lamba, in Dubai to discuss the agenda of talks between Gen. Musharraf and the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. Gen. Musharraf might make a pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif while in India. His trip to the shrine was cancelled in July 2001 after the unsuccessful Agra Summit.

Keen on CBMs

According to a senior official in Pakistan Foreign Office, Gen. Musharraf would be keen on some concrete Kashmir-centric confidence-building measures (CBMs) in his talks.

It was certainly not a coincidence that the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, told a private television network that Islamabad could consider opening of more entry points along with the Line of Control (LoC) as a next CBM after the success of the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service.

He said that Gen. Musharraf and the Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Sikandar Hayat Khan, have conveyed their willingness to open more entry points along with the LoC, saying most of the refugees had come from the area near Poonch district.

During the second round of the Foreign Secretary-level talks here, India proposed the opening of five designated points along with LoC for the reunion of divided Kashmiri families.

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