Powell Admits Pak Intrusion

Washington, May 31: | Updated: Jun 1 2002, 05:30am hrs
Contrary to Pakistani President Musharrafs claim, the US has said it has evidence of continued cross-border infiltration into Kashmir, but expressed hope that the latest assurances from the General will fructify.

We were receiving assurances from Gen Musharraf that infiltration activity across the LoC would be ended. Unfortunately, we can still see evidence that it is continuing, secretary of state Colin Powell said on the public broadcasting network Thursday night.

Expressing concern over the continued infiltration, Mr Powell said, there is an urgency to stop it, adding Mr Musharraf has now given assurance again and these assurances are more positive.

We hope he is now giving the necessary orders and all necessary actions to stop infiltration.

Describing Kashmir as a very sensitive issue between India and Pakistan, Mr Powell said at present there was nothing active before the two countries to resolve the issue.

There are political consequences; there are religious issues involved in it. It has been an intractable problem for 50 years, he said.

(PTI)