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New Delhi, Nov. 25 (NNN) : India is understood to have made it clear to Pakistan that no Kashmir solution based on religion was acceptable to it.
According to sources, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz made it clear to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh that without substantive talks to resolve the core issue of Kashmir there can neither be any guarantee of peace and friendly relations with India nor can CBMs work.

On his part, Singh categorically told the Pakistani delegation today that there was some misunderstanding resulting from his meeting with President General Pervez Musharraf in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly earlier this year.

He reiterated the oft-repeated Indian position that India is willing to discuss the Kashmir issue but without redrawing of the boundaries nor any possible solution based on religion.

Manmohan Singh reportedly informed Shaukat Aziz that India was willing to discuss any proposal if presented by Pakistan. However, he did not have any original ideas of his own to break the impasse on Kashmir.

The Pakistani delegation was not carrying any formal proposals and Aziz clarified that the formula proposed by General Musharraf, announced at a recent Iftar-dinner, was to “initiate debate within Pakistan”. Hence no formal proposal was floated and no formal reply was required, he added.

Aziz also stressed that it was not possible for Pakistan to grant MFN status or offer New Delhi access onwards to Central Asia in return for the construction of gas pipeline from Iran unless concrete steps were taken to resolve the core issue of Kashmir.

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