WikiLeaks reveals back-channel Indo-Pak agreement on Kashmir

Pervez Musharraf and Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Sep 4: Julian Assange's WikiLeaks once again came up with its series of revelations and this time it has unearthed the "back-channel agreement" between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir issue.

The whistle-blower quoted a US cable stating about his interaction with Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. The US diplomatic cable claimed, as WikiLeaks revealed, Singh had informed him (US cable) that the two countries (India and Pakistan) had reached to a concession over the Kashmir issue in 2006.

"We had reached an understanding in back-channels, in which Musharraf had agreed to a non-territorial solution to Kashmir that included freedom of movement and trade," the US cable quoted Singh during their meeting in 2008.

The cable also added, "Questioned by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee about relations with Pakistan, the Prime Minister said Delhi and Islamabad had made great progress prior to February 2007, when President Musharraf ran into trouble."

The cable also informed that Singh had explained India's strategy over Kashmir. Singh reportedly said, "India wants a strong, stable, peaceful, democratic Pakistan and makes no claim on 'even an inch' of Pakistani territory."

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