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'More Kargils if Kashmir remains unresolved'

Press Trust Of India
Mar 08, 2009 at 11:02pm IST

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New Delhi: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, considered the architect of the 1999 Kargil war, has warned that there could be more such conflicts if the "key dispute" and "sore point" Kashmir remains unresolved for long.

The retired Army General, who ruled Pakistan for nine years till last August after seizing power in a bloodless coup, acknowledged that there are a "lots of 'mujahideen' in Pakistani society" and "freelance jehadis" who have "emotional involvement" with the cause of Kashmiris.

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Playing a peacenik as he faced a barrage of uncomfortable questions from a combative audience at the India Today conclave on Saturday night, he said the leaderships of the two countries need to take "bold" and "affirmative" decisions to address the core dispute of Kashmir.

PIECE BY PEACE: The retired Army General played a peacenik at the India Today conclave on Saturday.

He said India and Pakistan have caused "immense" damage to each other over the past six decades and they needed to "overcome the burden of history" and move towards peaceful relations by adopting realistic approach to addressing disputes.

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During the marathon three-hour long interaction, he appeared agitated at times by the questions which touched issues like why terrorism continues to emanate from Pakistan, why Kargil happened, why Dawood Ibrahim is not being handed over and whether India can trust Pakistani army and ISI.

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