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    Saudi Arabia reaffirms solidarity with Pakistan

    This article is for Asif_k and the other Indians who were saying that the Saudis were with the Indians and not the Pakistanis...
    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/index.html

    JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reaffirmed its complete support and solidarity with Pakistan in formal talks held between President Pervez Musharraf and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

    The two sides fully agreed that Pakistan and India should start a process of dialogue to resolve the long-running Kashmir dispute in line with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. President Musharraf, assisted by federal ministers Abdul Sattar and Shaukat Aziz and Secretary Information Syed Anwar Mahmood, apprised the Saudi leadership of the dangerous situation that prevailed in the South Asian region. He also told them about the Pakistan-India relations and the efforts his government was making to ease tension and resolve all outstanding issues through negotiations.

    The president, who flew in here after his visit to the United Arab Emirates, was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival in Jeddah. In an unprecedented gesture, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz was himself present at King Abdul Aziz Airport to receive the President Musharraf, which reflected the warm and cordial ties between the two countries.

    Musharraf said he firmly believed that war could not be a solution to problems. He said Pakistan was following a policy of peace and restraint and pursuing efforts to resolve all outstanding disputes with India through dialogue. The two sides also discussed strengthening of economic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

    After the formal round of talks, President Musharraf and Crown Prince Abdullah held one-on-one talks. The expression of solidarity and complete agreement by the Saudi and UAE leadership over all issues reflected the success of Pakistan's principled stand.

    Meanwhile, President Pervez Musharraf told a press conference after talks with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz that the situation with neighboring India "remains grim," adding that measures taken by New Delhi to ease tension were not enough.

    "The situation will remain grim till we disengage on the borders ... So long as the physical presence of the forces continues, the situation will remain grim," "It is easing, but as a military man, I have to see both (possibilities) ... Intentions (to resort to war) are receding but these can change any time," he added. "Capability-wise, the situation is bad."

    Musharraf said Pakistan did not want war, but vowed that Islamabad would not compromise on "honor and dignity." "We will not initiate war, but we have to guard our honor and dignity. We will have to determine the outline between avoidance of

    war and not compromising on honor and dignity," the president said. He also urged India to admit that Kashmir was the core issue and the root cause of the conflict between the two nuclear-armed rivals and to come to the negotiation table.


    #2
    Spock thats good...but if you note one thing that no arab country supported Pakistan when we needed them most...now when the situation has already been diffused...and they have started supporting us!

    [This message has been edited by zaavia (edited June 12, 2002).]

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      #3
      Originally posted by zaavia:
      Spock thats good...but if you note one thing that no arab country supported Pakistan when we needed them most...now when the situation has already been diffused...and they have started supporting us!

      [This message has been edited by zaavia (edited June 12, 2002).]

      Zaavia, we really dont need their help when it comes to the military point of view... Our armed forces are superior than theirs... Did you notice every year there is a special 'dua' at the Kaaba by the Imam-e-Kaaba himself for the Muslims of Kashmir... Saudi Arabia is indeed our closest Muslim ally. As for the low profile thing, look how low a profile they are keeping when it comes to the Palestinians... They are just letting us know that they are with us, and not the Hindus, and that is enough and reassuring...

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        #4
        Originally posted by Spock:

        Zaavia, we really dont need their help when it comes to the military point of view... Our armed forces are superior than theirs... Did you notice every year there is a special 'dua' at the Kaaba by the Imam-e-Kaaba himself for the Muslims of Kashmir... Saudi Arabia is indeed our closest Muslim ally. As for the low profile thing, look how low a profile they are keeping when it comes to the Palestinians... They are just letting us know that they are with us, and not the Hindus, and that is enough and reassuring...
        Very good point, Spock.
        Unity, Faith & Discipline....
        --Jinnah

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          #5
          With SA with you and USA and UK being your allies against your "Unstinted" war on terror, India must be very afraid!

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            #6
            Too little too late. I say we develop our economy and make our country solid and stable. Then we give it to the Saudis right up the ass. I would say nuke Saudi, but sadly Mecca and Madina are located there.

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            It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth . . . and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
            You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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              #7
              Originally posted by kumarakn:
              With SA with you and USA and UK being your allies against your "Unstinted" war on terror, India must be very afraid!
              Still waiting for that 'decisive Battle'

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                #8
                Originally posted by 2bornot2b:
                Still waiting for that 'decisive Battle'
                You will have to wait until vajoos patience runs out.

                [This message has been edited by Abdali (edited June 12, 2002).]

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                  #9
                  My Pakistani Brothers/Sisters are so naive!!
                  Don't believe all those Press REports.
                  I will tell you the real reason why Perveez Mushraaf went over there.
                  To check his acomodation after the next coup in Pakistan!!!

                  Saudis will probably consider his sensibilities and give him a house as far away from Nawaz Sharif as possible!!

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                    #10
                    yup, Andrha is definitely out in the open now!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by RealDeal:
                      yup, Andrha is definitely out in the open now!
                      Assalam Alaikum

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                        #12
                        Namaste

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Andhra1:
                          My Pakistani Brothers/Sisters are so naive!!
                          Don't believe all those Press REports.
                          I will tell you the real reason why Perveez Mushraaf went over there.
                          To check his acomodation after the next coup in Pakistan!!!


                          Saudis will probably consider his sensibilities and give him a house as far away from Nawaz Sharif as possible!!
                          The crown prince himself came to meet Musharraf Andhra... He would never even spit at Veggiepie though... King Faisal came to Pakistan and despite his illness, he went to KRL and checked out the Ghauris...

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Spock:
                            The crown prince himself came to meet Musharraf Andhra... He would never even spit at Veggiepie though... King Faisal came to Pakistan and despite his illness, he went to KRL and checked out the Ghauris...

                            You talk as if this so-called 'Prince' is President of US or something!!!

                            Who cares for this crown prince?
                            Israelis Don't !!

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                              #15
                              This report is from brotherly nation Saudi Arabia'a newspaper.
                              http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=15967

                              Musharraf says Kashmiris are not new to violence. It has been going for hundreds of years and the media is exageerating on Kashmir.

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                              On the contentious issue of Kashmir, the president explained that its local population has been living in a similar situation for over a hundred years, and the media exaggerates the significance of shots being traded. In fact, this happens on a daily basis, and the local population on both sides of the border have become desensitized to it.

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                              Situation still grim, India must do more: Musharraf
                              By Mohammed Alkhereiji, Arab News Staff


                              JEDDAH, 12 June — Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said that the situation with neighboring India “remains grim,” adding that measures taken by New Delhi to ease tension were not enough.

                              “The situation will remain grim till we disengage on the borders ... So long as the physical presence of the forces continues, the situation will remain grim,” Musharraf told newsmen here yesterday.

                              The Pakistani president met with members of the Saudi media for an informal discussion after arriving here on an official visit.

                              He was met at the airport by Prince Abdullah, the regent, and later held talks with him that covered the Middle East and tensions in South Asia.

                              “It is easing, but as a military man, I have to see both (possibilities) ... Intentions (to resort to war) are receding but these can change any time,” Musharraf added.

                              “We will not initiate war, but we have to guard our honor and dignity. We will have to determine the outline between avoidance of war and not compromising on honor and dignity,” the president said.

                              Musharraf told reporters that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have a long and rich history based on mutual good will and faith, and that Pakistan can always look toward Saudi Arabia when problems arise for help and assistance.

                              Regarding the Indo-Pak situation, Musharraf stated that it is all based on intentions and capabilities, and the problem with intentions is that they can change overnight. He stressed, however, that Pakistan and its people do not want war, especially not nuclear war.

                              In order to avoid the latter, three things, he explained, must be achieved: South Asia should be denuclearized, there needs to be a strengthening of deterrents, and most importantly a resolution to the Kashmir issue.

                              On the contentious issue of Kashmir, the president explained that its local population has been living in a similar situation for over a hundred years, and the media exaggerates the significance of shots being traded. In fact, this happens on a daily basis, and the local population on both sides of the border have become desensitized to it.

                              The subject of "religious extremists" was also brought up. Musharraf stated they are "only a small minority" in Pakistan and are under control. He also stressed that, as Muslims, we should not judge one another and instead all try to persuade people of the greatness of our religion by personal example.

                              After Sept. 11, he added, he has been able to control the extremists with the support and help of his people.

                              He said Saudi detainees in Pakistan who were allegedly Al-Qaeda members are part of over 300 members holding various nationalities, and the Saudi and Pakistani intelligence agencies were working closely in the best interests of both countries.

                              About US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s planned visit to Pakistan tomorrow, Musharraf stated that they have discussed the situation with India numerous times and so he does not expect anything new to come of the meeting.

                              However, he will encourage India to return to the negotiating table.

                              Later, in an exclusive interview with Khaled Al-Maeena, editor-in-chief of Arab News, Musharraf said that the three most important issues that now concern the Pakistani government are the economy, poverty and political resolution.

                              He also thanked the Pakistani people for their encouragement and support in his bid to address and resolve their problems.

                              Asked by Al-Maeena if the Agra Summit had been the last chance to find a resolution, the president said: "We tried our best to get a declaration signed. But the hard-liners in India scrapped the whole process."

                              Regarding the West’s fear of possible nuclear terror in South Asia, Musharraf told Al-Maeena: "Nobody in their right minds wants a nuclear exchange. India and Pakistan are nuclear states, but Pakistan has conventional deterrents and we must maintain them because they will be safeguards against an unconventional war."

                              "This is not a military dictatorship, but a government for the people," he later stated. "Pakistan suffers from a distorted perception, but the reality is very different — so please visit us," he added.

                              When Al-Maeena asked about law and order in Pakistan, the president said there was "a strategic plan to resolve all the problems that Pakistan has, including the economic revival of the country and political restructuring. We have come a long way."



                              [This message has been edited by durango (edited June 12, 2002).]

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