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Bush : Pakistan Also to Fight Terrorism in South Asia - 2002-02-13


President Bush says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has broadened his commitment to fight terrorism. Mr. Bush said now the Pakistani leader will fight terrorism inside his country, in the region and also in the world.

President Bush made the remarks after a meeting between the two leaders at the White House Wednesday.

The two men also discussed Pakistan's relations with India, which are tense. India accuses Pakistan of promoting terrorism in Indian Kashmir. Pakistan denies the charge.

The Pakistani leader said he is ready to resolve the Kashmir problem in a peaceful manner but according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people. India insists it is a bilateral problem between the two neighbors and they should decide the region's future.

President Musharraf also said he is reasonably certain that American journalist Daniel Pearl kidnapped in Pakistan three weeks ago is still alive. President Musharrraf said his government is doing everything possible to gain Mr. Pearl's release.

The Wall Street Journal reporter disappeared in Karachi, Pakistan after telling his wife he was going to interview a militant Muslim leader.

A massive hunt has so far failed to turn up the reporter. But Tuesday, the Islamabad government announced the arrest of a chief suspect in the kidnapping.

The President Musharraf said that because he is cracking down on Muslim extremists in his country, such incidents can be expected as a backlash.

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