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Pakaistan will not accept line of control as border

AP , ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

Pakistan said it will not accept the existing military line dividing Kashmir as an international border, and chided India's leader for saying he was irreconcilably opposed to adjusting the frontier.

During a rare visit Wednesday to the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered to hold talks on Kashmir "with anyone and everyone," but ruled out any redrawing of the Himalayan territory's frontiers.

Late Thursday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri advised India to avoid such "controversial statements," saying they could "strengthen the hands of extremists in both countries" unhappy with the peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.

He said the relations were at a "very delicate stage and required careful nurturing."

"The fact is that Jammu and Kashmir is a dispute which Pakistan and India have to resolve through dialogue and negotiations," Kasuri was quoted as saying by the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan news agency.

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