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Pervez remarks disturb Delhi

New Delhi, June 14 (Reuters): India said today it was “deeply disappointed” by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s response to recent peace overtures but stressed it would pursue efforts to end division between the two nuclear-armed states.

A foreign ministry statement said New Delhi was very concerned about remarks Musharraf made in an interview with an Indian television channel broadcast today about clashes in 1999 between Indian and Pakistani forces in Kargil. Musharraf did not rule out the possibility of such an episode recurring.

The Indian statement said Musharraf’s comments implied “military adventurism” was a legitimate way to solve the dispute over Kashmir. “How can a peace initiative go forward in the face of such a signal non-peaceful intent'” it asked.

On a different pitch, the Pakistan President described Sachin Tendulkar as a “world class batsman” whom he loved to watch in action.

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