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'Kashmir Will Be The Core Issue'

Musharraf keeps up rhetoric when talking to the clerics and says progress on other fronts possible only if Kashmir problem is resolved

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'Kashmir Will Be The Core Issue'

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf tonight said Kashmir would form the core issue of his discussions with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at next month's summit and progress on any other issue was linked to solution to Kashmir issue.

"Peace and progress in the region can be achieved only if the Kashmir issue is resolved," Gen Musharraf said at a meeting of Islamic clerics in Islamabad.

Progress on other issues between the two countries would be possible only if India reciprocated his commitment to solve Kashmir problem, he told the meeting called to obtain views of the clerics on his coming visit to India.

An official statement said Gen. Musharraf assured the clerics that Kashmir would form the core issue of his discussions with Indian leaders.

The statement quoted Gen. Musharraf as saying that progress could not be made on other issues without removing the major impediment (Kashmir problem) between the countries, the statement said.

The clerics, after listening to Gen. Musharraf, reposed complete faith and trust in his mission to India, officials said.

The meeting was held as part of consultative process initiated by the General to seek opinion of different sections of society.

He has already held meetings with editors of Pakistan newspapers, representatives of political parties and leaders of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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