Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 03:41 GMT 04:41 UK
World: South Asia
Sharif accused of betrayal
Jamaat-i-Islamic supporters want no withdrawal from Kashmir
The leader of Pakistan's Islamic movement has accused the Pakistani prime minister of betrayal by agreeing to withdraw from the fighting in Kashmir.
He said resistance would continue despite the deal by people who he said were under Indian occupation and were struggling for their liberty.
On Monday, the Pakistani prime minister appealed in a nationally-televised speech for a permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
He said he had diverted a wider war, even a potential nuclear war, by his handling of the crisis.
India has given Pakistan until Friday to ensure the withdrawal of all the forces from the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kashmir.
In his speech, Mr Sharif appealed to his Indian counterpart, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to begin talks on Kashmir.
He also defended his agreement with President Clinton to persuade the infiltrators to pull out, saying that the world now understood the seriousness of the issue.
The United States welcomed the agreement and urged India and Pakistan to resume dialogue.
He added the United States had maintained a "very close and productive dialogue" with both countries, who "deserve an enormous amount of credit for having been able to work to defuse the situation."
The Indian Government says Pakistan has agreed to comply with the deadline of Friday for a withdrawal, but there has been no confirmation of this from Islamabad.
Pakistan began putting pressure on the fighters to leave after Mr Sharif agreed with President Clinton a week ago that "concrete measures" should be taken to restore the line of control that divides Kashmir.