Solution of conflicts a must for nailing terrorism: Musharraf
09 December, 2005
MECCA, December 09 (Online): Reiterating the firm resolve of government of Pakistan in supporting international community in banishing terrorism from the world President General Pervez Musharraf has said at our front we have achieved success in war against terrorism, however international community will have to look into and address the root cause of terrorism.
Addressing a crowded press conference at Al Sufa Palace here on Thursday, the president said if we want to see peace prevail in the world then the issues like Palestine should be addressed because a free Palestinian state will help into global peace.
He also made it clear that Pakistan has not changed its policy on Palestine issue. We will not recognize Israel until a free Palestinian state is established. We have said it before and I want to make it clear once again that the issue of Palestine should be resolved through negotiations, we are in touch with Israel for solution of Palestinian issue. "We have made it clear upon Jews that they must resolve Palestine issue and it is also need of the hour that we should not close the doors of negotiations for solution of controversial issues," he underlined.
He also negated the reports that Muslim leaders have proposed Jerusalem to be made the headquarters of OIC.
The president said global community would have to adopt a realistic approach to eliminate the menace of terrorism, which is haunting global peace.
"As far as in Pakistan, we are working upon a strategy to wipe out terrorism from our soil and we used military might to crush the backbone of Al Qaeda from our country," he underlined.
He said Pakistan adopted a six-pronged strategy to tackle scourge of terrorism and has been very successful in achieving its desired goal.
President Musharraf said military operation still continues in Waziristan Agency and we have arrested bigwigs of terror network from the area. "Waziristan is under our complete control," he underscored.
On a query, he said "I have no idea where Osama Bin Ladin will be. No body knows about whether he is alive or dead".
Shedding light on OIC’s ten-year plan, he said it also includes issue of Jammu and Kashmir and Muslim leaders have already stressed the need of envisaging a new era of unity and solidarity and Makkah Charter will also be based on vision for future.
The president said OIC must play its part in resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue, as it is matter of great importance for peace in South Asia.
He said Pakistan proposed a formula of self-governance and demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir region, however it is regretful that India has so far not responded positively.
"We have opened five crossing points at Line of Control to facilitate Kashmiris living on both sides of divided Kashmir to help their quake affected brethren," he noted.
He said it will be part of new OIC charter that OIC will have to play a proactive part in resolution of conflicts haunting any Muslim state.
The president said, from OIC platform he has already suggested that every Muslim country should contribute 0.5 percent share of its GDP in ‘OIC Fund’ to help the organization carry out different works without any hindrance.
"If we will be able to do this then we can collect 185 million dollars, while at present OIC does not even have 10 million dollars at its hand, which is a matter of grave concern," he underlined.
If we fail to implement this step then it will be really unfortunate for Muslim Ummah and OIC if we cant help poor, destitute and weak then OIC will be a useless body. Under the new OIC charter we are ready to do all we can for betterment of Muslim Ummah.
This conference, he said will go a long way in helping Muslim Ummah and is a milestone in history of the organization.
He also made it clear that Muslim leaders can’t enforce their ideas upon Muslim Ummah, however it was their moral obligation to give ideas. Pakistan, he said is playing its part in this regard and will continue doing so.
He said entire Ummah should have a Center of Excellence and we need funds for this purpose.
Later on, the President General Pervez Musharraf held important meetings with various heads of Islamic states, and discussed matters of mutual interest with them.
The meeting with the major heads included, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, PM of Malaysia, Abdullah Badawi, President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliouf, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President of Tajikistan, Rahmonouf, Bangladeshi PM, Begum Khalida Zia, The President of Senegal, Abdul Hayee Dadi and Member of the Bosnian Troika Presidency, Suliman.
President Musharraf discussed bilateral issues, specifically those relating to OIC, Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, SAARC, and economic interaction between the Ummah.
The meeting with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been deemed as being of utmost importance, and an early visit by the Egyptian President to Pakistan is expected soon.
President Musharraf stressed on impartial and just solutions for all political disputes including Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir and to end the menace of terrorism.