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Kargil was a lesson to Indians: Musharraf

Source: PTI
February 25, 2005 18:26 IST
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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called India 'our arch enemy'.

The general, widely regarded as the architect of Pakistan's aggression in Kargil, has also said that the 'much-trumpeted' bus journey of then Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Pakistan was followed by the 'Kargil operation with all its reality and distortions'.

"It (Kargil operation) proved to be a lesson to the Indians and a rude awakening to the world of the reality of Kashmir," he said in a potted autobiography on his newly inaugurated website www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk.

He described as unfortunate the defeat of the BJP government in India, as it came after a breakthrough was achieved in Indo-Pak ties during Vajpayee's visit to Pakistan last year.

The Vajpayee government's fall had resulted in a stalemate in bilateral ties. But fortunately Vajpayee's successor Manmohan Singh had taken a 'bold decision' to meet him on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session, the Pakistan president said.

"The New York joint statement between me and PM Manmohan Singh finally is a quantum leap forward towards resolution of all disputes, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. There is light visible at the end of the tunnel," Musharraf said.

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