ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (AFP): President Pervez Musharraf wants to demilitarise Kashmir, his spokesman said Monday, a day after India and Pakistan agreed to open the border in the disputed state to aid earthquake survivors.
"I am for demilitarisation (in Kashmir). If they (India) agree to that, we will too," Musharraf told the Saudi newspaper Arab News at the weekend, according to his spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan.
"We are very flexible. We are absolutely open to moving forward to the ultimate solution. You cannot clap with one hand, you can only clap with two," the spokesman quoted Musharraf as saying.
Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan-who have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir-signed a historic deal early Sunday to open five crossings on the Himalayan territory's de facto border from November 7.
Musharraf himself originally proposed the opening of the heavily militarised Line of Control around a week and a half after the October 8 disaster, which killed more than 56,000 people in Pakistan and India.