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Monday, 27 May, 2002, 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK
Excerpts of Musharraf's speech
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Excerpts from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's address to the nation on 27 May, in which he said Pakistan would not initiate a war over Kashmir, but would respond if attacked by India.

(In Urdu:) My dear Pakistani brothers and sisters, Pakistan is currently passing through a critical juncture.

India acted in a hasty manner and adopted extremely irresponsible behaviour

General Musharraf

We are faced with a grave situation and we are standing at the crossroads of history. Today's decisions will have serious internal and external effects on our future...

First of all, I want to assure all today that... elections will be held 7-11 October 2002...

Tension is at its height. The danger of war is not yet over. How was this situation created? I would like to make an assessment of the situation:

Click here to read a speech by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on 26 May

As you know, there was an attack on the Indian Parliament on 13 of December. This was a terrorist attack, which we had fully condemned....

But, the Indian leadership acted in a hasty manner and adopted extremely irresponsible behaviour. This was a demonstration of their traditional enmity towards Pakistan. By showing enmity towards Pakistan, they put the blame on us and consequently brought their forces on the border.

When there was an attack on a garrison in Jammu on 14 May in which many civilians were killed, we ...condemned this and we think that whosoever is involved in such terrorist attacks wants to destabilise Pakistan.

I understand this and the whole world knows that there were many acts of terrorism in Pakistan also... but we did not blame India for these attacks...

War hysteria

Recently, there was martyrdom of Abdul Ghani Lone.... We are extremely grieved over his martyrdom. Now, the blame for this was at once put by India on Pakistan and on ISI [Pakistani Intelligence].
General Pervez Musharraf
Musharraf: Pakistan will not be intimidated

I would like to ask the Indian authorities that at a place where a public meeting was being held and thousands of people were present and thousands of troops deployed all around, how come those who had martyred Abdul Ghani Lone had disappeared. Did they vanish in thin air? We still have no clue about them....

I would like to say that all these allegations with aggressive overtones show highly irresponsible behaviour on the part of the Indian leadership. This increases the heat of war and creates war hysteria. This is unacceptable to us...

We do not war but if war is thrust upon us, we would respond with full might and give a befitting reply.

Peace

(In English): Now I would like to convey a message to the world community. Pakistan does not want war. Pakistan will not be the one to initiate war.

We want peace in the region. Let me also assure the world community that Pakistan is doing nothing across the Line of Control and Pakistan will never allow the export of terrorism anywhere in the world from within Pakistan.

I urge the world community to ask India to move towards normalisation of relations, which really implies de-escalation and reduction of tension on the borders which is of mutual benefit to both the countries....

Kashmir liberation

(In Urdu): Now I want to give a message to my Kashmiri brothers and sisters. Kashmir resides in the heart of every Pakistani. Pakistan would always fulfil its duty of providing moral, political, and diplomatic support to the cause of Kashmir. Pakistan will always support the Kashmiris' struggle for liberation.

In the end, I want to give a special message to my countrymen. We are not a nation to be intimidated by the enemy's threat. We will face the situation with courage and restraint....

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