President Asif Zardari terms Indian controlled Kashmir Islamic militants to be terrorists.
06 Oct 2008
Islamabad: October 6, 2008. (PCP) Asif Ali Zardari President of Pakistan in an interview to a newspaper published from New York has said that India is not a threat to Pakistan any more while India-Pakistan fought three wars on disputed Kashmir Issue.
President of Pakistan made a long-term policy shift in Indo-Pak relations by declaring Islamic militants in Indian controlled Kashmir to be terrorists when they were called freedom fighters by previous regimes.
The politician in India and Pakistan used Kashmir issue for reaching in power and never hesitated to wage war but statement by Asif Ali Zardari can change geo-political situation in Southern Asia if he stands on his comments in an interview.
If India and Pakistan have cordial relations it shall be in best interests of people of both countries.
According to AFP, a senior Indian official reportedly welcomed Zarari's comments.
"Zardari's statement is a welcome step. President Zardari and Pakistan should honour the words with action in curbing terrorism," the Press Trust of India quoted Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma as saying.
Sharma said Zardari's description of Kashmiri militants as terrorists was "made, perhaps, for the first time by a top Pakistani leader which is in contrast with its earlier position of terming militants as jihadis (holy warriors)."
Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal said Zardari acknowledged that missile strikes by US pilotless drones based in Afghanistan were carried out with Islamabad's consent.