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19 Sep 05,, 07:11
India tells Musharraf that his speech at the U.N. was not conducive to forward movement


NEW YORK: "For once the General Saheb understood he could not bluff his way into securing concessions from India," an Indian official told The Hindu on the morning of September 15 in the New York Palace Hotel lobby. The official had sat in on the previous night's talks with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

It is authoritatively learnt that the Pakistan President was in an "impatient" mood and wanted India to give "visible concessions." The Pakistani leader's immediate objective was to make Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agree to a tangible reduction of the Indian security forces in the Kashmir Valley.

However, the General had queered the pitch by his performance at the United Nations earlier in the day. In that speech, the Pakistani leader had equated Kashmir with Palestine and harked back to the Security Council resolutions.

Even before the General could get into his rhythm, Foreign Minister Natwar Singh told him that his United Nations speech was unhelpful. The Pakistan President tried to tell his Indian interlocutors that he had said nothing new, nothing that had not been said before.

The Foreign Minister stood his ground and quietly asked an aide to get him a copy of the Pakistani leader's speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2004. The General was politely requested to point out where in the 2004 speech was there any comparable reference to the Security Council resolutions or the equating of Kashmir with Palestine.

It was also pointed out to the General he had demonstrated the same restraint in his speeches at Bandung and in New Delhi earlier this year. On neither of the occasions had he sought to invoke the United Nations' resolutions. This departure in tone and tenor was not conducive to any forward movement in the India-Pakistan relationship.

Taken aback by the polite but aggressive talkback by the Indian side, the General tried to suggest that the speech was drafted at the junior level in the Pakistan foreign office.

Nor could the General satisfy the Indian side that he was doing enough to control the flow of terror. He said he had taken steps that would produce results. The Indian side was inclined to trust him but would also "verify it."

The Prime Minister pointed out to him that the passes in Jammu and Kashmir would soon be snowed down for the next several months and that India would have no way of verifying whether he had delivered on the promise.

The Indian side had reason to be specially cautious after what it learnt from the Americans on another matter. Contrary to all the assurances India received from Pakistan on the Iran-India gas pipeline, the General reportedly told America's senior-most policy leaders that he would gladly abandon the pipeline in exchange for four nuclear reactors.

The best explanation for the non-productive New York Manmohan-Musharraf meeting came from Tariq Aziz, the Pakistan president's national security adviser. He is believed to have confided: "Last time [in 2004] I had tied up all the loose ends; this time our Foreign Office boys messed it up."

he he , the General has to learn some talking.
He is getting it all wrong these days.

But why is he impatient to get concessions from India ?
Perhaps he is desperate to improve his "image" in his country ?

19 Sep 05,, 07:23
But why is he impatient to get concessions from India ?
Perhaps he is desperate to improve his "image" in his country ?It shows this man is all show & no go. Bolbachan kahi ka :biggrin:.