PAKSTANI President Pervez Musharraf has refused to renounce the first use of nuclear weapons, as efforts to bring him together with his Indian counterpart appeared to fail.
Asked to state Pakistan’s nuclear policy and explain why it will not renounce first use of nuclear weapons as India has, Musharraf said, “The possession of nuclear weapons by any state obviously implies they will be used under some circumstances.”
He said, that it would be irresponsible for a leader to discuss such things, and that Pakistan’s “deeper policy” is for the removal of nuclear weapons from South Asia.
This morning, the leaders of India and Pakistan angrily blamed each other for more than five decades of conflict, while their troops fired at each other in disputed Kashmir.
Russia and China pressed India and Pakistan to enter face-to-face talks to prevent the conflict exploding into a fourth full-scale war between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
Although the effort failed to bring Musharraf and Vajpayee together for a direct meeting, Musharraf said he had accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation for possible further talks in Moscow.
“India is continually threatening Pakistan for an attack and also refusing dialogue,” Musharraf said after meeting Putin. He said he did not know whether Vajpayee, who also met Putin shortly afterwards, would come to Moscow for talks at an unspecified date.
“Everyone was desiring a meeting between me and Mr Vajpayee,” Musharraf said. “I think the whole world is disappointed that we two did not talk and meet here.”
Vajpayee said that he is willing to have a dialogue with Pakistan, but there must be a halt first to cross-border terrorism, which India says is carried out in its part of Kashmir by Pakistan-based Islamic militants who have been fighting for 12 years.
India had repeated its policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, Putin said earlier, while Musharraf has “said on the territory of Pakistan there won’t be militants. This is what the whole world eagerly awaited from the two leaders.”
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