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World leaders focus on Islamic World

September 20, 2006
"We do not want to enter into an arms race but we will do whatever is necessary to preserve the credibility of its minimum defensive deterrence levels," said Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf while addressing the 61st United Nations General Assembly meeting, which began on Tuesday.

Pakistan desired a peaceful environment in the region and has been engaged in a peace process with India aimed at confidence-building and resolving issues, including on Jammu and Kashmir that has been the source of conflict between the two countries, he said.

Terming his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the NAM summit in Cuba, the Pakistan President said: "Improved relations and conducive international environment have brought an acceptable solution to the long-standing dispute on Jammu and Kashmir within reach."

Musharraf criticised the US policies in the Muslim world, which, he said, cause anger among the Muslim world and spawn terrorism. "Each new battleground involving an Islamic state has served as a new breeding ground for extremists and terrorists. Indiscriminate bombings, civilian casualties, torture, human rights abuses, racial slurs and discrimination only add to the challenge of defeating terrorism."

Image: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Addresses United Nations General Assembly on Sep 19th 2006.
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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