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    January 09, 2006

    Straight from the horse's mouth

    CNN-IBN is right now screening Pervez Musharraf's interview with Karan Thapar. I haven't been able to find the transcript of the interview on their site. They'll perhaps put it up soon.

    Karan Thapar asked him something about the recent problems in Balochistan and some killings in Waziristan. To that his reply was (not verbatim)

    So what if some people are killed in Waziristan? In India, see what is happening in the North-East, Kashmir, Bihar. Does this mean India is going to pieces?
    Forget the mentions of the North-East and Bihar. Musharraf has effectively admitted that Kashmir (the state of J & K in fact) is part of India.

    Having made it a habit of making bold statements and conducting diplomacy through the media, he will perhaps realize now that sometimes, verbal diarrhea, can be a bad thing! Then again, this is as bold as he can get!

    Update: The transcript is online and this is what the sequence was
    Karan Thapar: Even on Friday, papers said that eleven people were killed in Waziristan and the hand of suspicion is pointing towards the Taliban.

    President Musharraf: So, what is the problem if eleven people have been killed? How many people die in India? There are people dying in the North East of India, in Kashmir, and in Bihar. There are so many insurgencies in India also. There are about eighteen insurgencies going on. Is India breaking-up?

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