Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has acknowledged that India and Pakistan have been holding secret talks on ways to resolve their Kashmir dispute.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, the general said the talks are aimed at moving the almost three-year-old peace process forward. He said he has invited Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan and that he wants to make the trip substantive. He gave no details.
However, the Pakistani leader said that there is no need for more official-level talks on the Siachen Glacier issue because they have not made any progress so far. He said the problem can and should be resolved by political will of the two sides.
The glacier is known as the highest battlefield of the world, where more Indian and Pakistani troops die because of extreme weather rather than in fighting. Both countries spend millions of dollars in maintaining the deployment.