Monday, Jul 04, 2022

Pakistan Denies Media Report

The defence spokesman denies report in a local daily that the summit could result in an agreement

Pakistan today dismissed as "total conjecture" a report in a local daily stating the forthcoming Indo-Pak summit could result in an agreement between both sides on pulling out their forces from the Siachen Glacier.

Pakistani Defence Spokesman Maj. Gen. Rashid Quereshi said here today that the report was a "total conjecture" and that he was not aware of any such agenda to be included in the forthcoming summit between Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

"As far as I know, no such discussions took place between both the countries", he said.

The Dawn newspaper report speculated that two sides had decided on a pullout after realising that the Siachen engagement is contributing significantly to the tensions between the two countries as well as costing them a huge amount in terms of men, money and material.

In yet another report today, Dawn said both Musharraf and Vajpayee would aim to reach agreements on defusing tensions over a host of issues.

The measures, according to the report, included demobilisation of troops on either side of LoC, controlling infiltration, reduction of violence, facilitating greater interaction between Kashmiri leaders on both sides, and a fully functional communication system to avoid misunderstanding in a conflict situation besides Kashmir.

Reacting to the story, Gen. Quereshi said he has not yet read it and wanted time to crosscheck the facts.