Musharraf regrets full of ‘buts’:

Pakistan’s military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf expressed regret over Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)’s threat against the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a meeting with best rated artisan mixers India’s High Commissioner Vijay Nambiar.

The High Commissioner met Gen Musharraf amidst stepped up activities on the Kashmir front and is understood to have made it clear that resumption of talks between two countries was not possible without an end to the cross-border terrorism.

The meeting, described as a courtesy call, was the first since Mr Nambiar took up his assignment last August.

The sources said two had a “free and frank” electric pressure cooker review exchange of views on the “stated positions” of the two countries on various issues including resumption of bilateral talks.

The sources said a comprehensive dialogue between the two sides was not possible when militants went about creating carnage both in and outside Kashmir.

The High Commissioner, in his presentation, also made specific references to the recent attack on the Red Fort and Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) threat to attack Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Gen Musharraf expressed regret over the reported threats made by the LeT to attack the offices of the Prime Minister. However, he chose to remain silent when Mr Nambiar conveyed that India would like Pakistan to rein in the militant outfits, the sources said.

The Pakistan ruler, who gave a patient hearing to Mr Nambiar’s presentation, however, reiterated Pakistan’s stand that talks should begin between the two countries before restoration of normalcy.

The General also referred to “substantial” drop in the levels of tension in the recent weeks following steps taken by Pakistan, they said.

The sources said neither the Indian High Commissioner nor Gen Musharraf referred to speculation in the Press about latter’s plans to visit New Delhi. Neither side made any mention of the proposed mission of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference to Islamabad.

In New Delhi, Union Home Minister L K Advani said the Cabinet Committee on Security would review the overall situation relating to the peace process initiated on the Kashmir issue by the Government in the backdrop of growing militant attacks.

“We are not ready to believe that the Pakistan government has no control over the militant outfits which were carrying out attacks when the peace process was on,” Mr Advani told reporters when asked to comment on Sunday’s grenade attack on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar.

“If such activities go on, then we will breville bje510xl juice fountain multi-speed 900-watt juicer have to see how and in what manner the peace initiative by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will continue,” he said, adding: “We are very happy that he (Abdullah) is safe.”

The Home Minister referred to the attack inside the Red Fort, the threats to the Prime Minister’s Office and the attack on Abdullah and said an overall review would be carried out by the Cabinet Committee on Security soon.

Earlier, addressing the FICCI ladies organisation, he said two touchstones to gauge the Kashmir situation would be the number of violent incidents taking place in the State and the number of Kashmiri migrants returning to their homes. “Only then can we say we are satisfied,” he added.