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Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 18:25 GMT
Musharraf speech highlights
A family listens to President Musharraf's address
Families all over Pakistan tuned in
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in a televised address to the nation, has called for a peaceful end to the dispute over Kashmir and for a renewed spirit of national unity.

Here are some of the highlights from his speech:

I want to send a message to (Indian) Prime Minister (Atal Behari) Vajpayee - first as the president of Pakistan.

If you wish to normalise relations between India and Pakistan and within this region, if you wish to bring harmony, then the Kashmiri dispute must be resolved through peaceful dialogue in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir.


We have been taking measures against terrorism from the beginning, not because of any outside pressure

Now a message as the commander of the armed forces of Pakistan.

The armed forces of Pakistan are fully deployed and ready to face a challenge with the last drop of their blood. Please do not try to cross the border in any part - we will resist with all of our might.

Kashmir runs in our blood. No Pakistani can afford to sever links with Kashmir...

We will continue to extend our moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. We will never budge from our principle stand on Kashmir.

Kashmir has to be resolved through dialogue in accordance with the wishes of the people of Pakistan and in accordance with the UN resolutions.

Support for US

No organisations will be able to carry out terrorism on the pretext of Kashmir.

Whoever is involved with such acts in the future will be dealt with strongly whether they come from inside or outside the country.

We have been taking measures against terrorism from the beginning, not because of any outside pressure.

A shop in Delhi tunes into President Musharraf
Even television shops in India were crowded with viewers
We were already carrying out these measures when a terrorist attack was carried out in America on 11 September.

After 11 September we joined the international coalition against terrorism and I am delighted that the majority of Pakistani people supported this decision.

I however regret that some religious extremist groups resented this decision.

I further regret that this opposition was not based on religious principles, but based on personal interests and party interests.

Religious extremists

The majority of religious scholars are very enlightened people, but the extremists who are carrying out these protests think they are the sole custodians of Islam.

They looked at the Taleban as if they were the renaissance of Islam and at those who were against the Taleban as if they were, God forbid, not Muslims.

But these people have no respect for human rights... and the Pakistani people were let down by these so-called religious scholars.

Violence and law

Violence and terrorism have been going on for years and we are weary and sick of this Kalashnikov culture... The day of reckoning has come.

Pakistan has become a soft state where law means little, if anything.

Rebuilding Pakistan

First we have to rid ourselves of hatred, of religious intolerance. We have to rebuild and realise that a mind cannot be opened by oppression...

You cannot change hearts and minds through force.

This soil, this land is ours - wherever we go out of this land we will not belong. We need to learn to serve our country, not to go out of this country.

Message to international community

I want to address the international community, especially the United States.

As I have said before, Pakistan rejects terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.


We have to live as brothers and sisters; we have to become an example for the Islamic world

Pakistan will not allow its territory to be used for any terrorist activity anywhere in the world.

Now, you must play an active role in solving the Kashmir dispute for the sake of lasting peace and harmony in the region... the Kashmiri people expect you to ask India to bring an end to state terrorism and human rights abuses.

Appeal to the nation

My brothers and sisters, Pakistan is an Islamic republic where 98% of the population is Muslim.

We have to live as brothers and sisters; we have to become an example for the Islamic world. We have to rise and ascend and become a responsible and exemplary member of the international community.

We have the power to face external threats, but the danger eating us comes from within... If we wish to glorify Islam we have to make a country strong.

The way forward is not through a confrontationist policy, not through fighting with ourselves, but through enlightenment.

I appeal to my Pakistan to rise. To banish intolerance and hatred from ourselves and establish a climate of equality and brotherhood.

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