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Musharraf: Not scared of war

(CNN) -- Musharraf told British newspaper the Financial Times that he was a military man and while he did not want war, he was not scared of it either.

"However, the avoidance of war cannot come at the cost of compromising our honor and dignity," he said.

Musharraf told the paper his speech was "meant for a multiple audience. It's meant for the domestic audience, the international audience, especially the United States and European Union.

"It's meant for the Indian audience and the Kashmiri audience. One had to address many concerns at the same time."

In the speech Musharraf sought to assure the world community that "Pakistan is doing nothing across the Line of Control and Pakistan will never allow the export of terrorism anywhere in the world from within Pakistan".

"We are faced with a grave situation and we are standing at the crossroads of history. Today's decisions will have serious internal and external effects on our future."

Faulting India for blaming Pakistan for recent violence in the disputed territory of Kashmir, he said Pakistan is "not a nation to be intimidated."

"Pakistan cannot be held responsible for those activities by freedom fighters in occupied Kashmir," he said, but he added that Pakistan "will always support the Kashmiri struggle for liberation."

Facing "the most difficult situation," Musharraf urged the world to ask India to move to normalization of relations with his country.

Consultation would de-escalate the tension and benefit both countries, he said.

In a separate matter, Musharraf said Pakistan would hold parliamentary elections on October 7 to 11.

"For the first time, army will not involve in any level of referendum," he said.




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