Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has suggested that India withdraw its troops from three Kashmiri towns, in exchange for Pakistan's commitment to ensure an end to the violence in those areas by Islamic militants.
President Musharraf made the proposal on Saturday during an interview with an Indian television network (channel CNN-IBN).
He also expressed his disappointment with the slow progress of peace efforts between the rival neighbors. The president complained that India has failed to respond to his ideas for resolving the decades-old dispute over Kashmir.
However, the Associated Press quotes an Indian government spokesman as rejecting Pakistan's troop withdrawal suggestion regarding the three towns -- Srinagar, Kupwara and Baramulla.
Muslim separatists in the Indian-controlled region have been fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan of supporting the separatists. Pakistan denies the allegations.