Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has urged Washington to help nuclear rivals India and Pakistan settle their decades-long dispute over Kashmir.
Speaking to a group of visiting journalists in Islamabad, General Musharraf said the issue can be resolved but that the United States -- as the only superpower -- has a responsibility to help in the process. Washington has said it can help only if both sides want it. But India has consistently refused a third-party mediation, saying the conflict must be resolved bilaterally by Pakistan and India.
General Musharraf also praised U.S.-Pakistani cooperation in the war on terror, saying Islamabad has an excellent understanding and coordination with the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He said terrorism has to be fought militarily, but extremism cannot be fought militarily because it is a state of mind.