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23:57 PM December 13, 2006

Islamabad: Pakistan’s clarifications, claims and confusion on Kashmir continue. On Friday, it accused India of "llegally occupying" Kashmir. "India's position on Kashmir issue is not legally tenable and Pakistan has a legal, moral and political edge on the long-standing dispute," Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told a programme on state-run television network. On Monday, Aslam had said: “Pakistan never claimed Kashmir to be an integral part of Pakistan.” She said this to clarify on Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s statement that he was willing to give up claims on Kashmir. The country has changed its stand again and accused India of "illegally occupying" Kashmir by sending its troops to the state in 1947. "Pakistan holds that Kashmir is more than a territorial dispute and the issue should be resolved according to aspirations of Kashmiris," Aslam was quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency. "Pakistan has a strong moral, political and legal case, while India retreated from its position after accepting the UN Security Council's resolutions." Musharraf wanted India and Pakistan to show flexibility in resolving the dispute. "When the President talks of flexibility, he talks of flexibility from both sides," she said. Aslam's comment on Monday had had drawn the ire of fundamentalist parties, which accused the government of betrayal.