ISLAMABAD - While embarking on a visit to India for participating in a conclave, former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on Friday asked India and Pakistan to resume composite dialogue on Kashmir for peace and stability in the region. Talking to media at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport before his departure, Musharraf said that he had never told PML-Q leadership to support PPP or any other party. He said that he had called on Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain just to condole the death of his mother 'and no political matter was discussed there' "Extremism and terrorism is a common threat to the world and the whole world would have to work jointly to uproot the menace", he added. Pervez Musharraf further said that India and Pakistan should start peace process from the same position where they had left it. He also added that talks must include Kashmir issue too for the peace and harmony in the region. Pervez Musharraf was of the view that both Pakistan and India, which have been in a state of cold war since 1947, should sit together and sort out differences. "Both the countries must sit together in order to find solution of all the outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir", he suggested. He further said that he is going to India on a private visit. "There are no scheduled meetings with Indian leaders during my visit but I would like to visit former Indian prime minister Vajaypai for enquiring about his health", he added. Pervez Musharraf said that his visit to India is non-political and he is going to deliver a series of lectures and attend a seminar there. Pervez Musharraf also said that if any Indian official wishes to meet him there, he would not refuse 'but I am not going to meet any Indian official there'. Answering a question and referring to a statement that his spirit had transmigrated into 'someone', Musharraf said that he was astonished to find that his spirit was very active and advised those who had made such a statement to be careful as it could enter into them too. Responding to a question about terrorist attack in Lahore, he said, "Such incidents have brought shame to the country and have ended prospects of cricket or other sports in the country and it is very bad for Pakistan." However, he declined to draw comparisons between the handling of terrorism by his regime and the present Pakistan People's Party-led government. While commenting on lawyers' Long March, the former president said that like any patriotic Pakistani, he too wants prosperity and peace in the country 'however, measures like Long March will just add to the problems of the masses'. Pervez Musharraf on Friday left for India to participate in a four-day regional conference "Challenge for Change" organized by 'India Today'. Agencies adds: Nearly four years after he came to India on an official visit to give a push to the peace process, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf arrived here Friday on a private visit at a time when the ties between the two countries have virtually frozen after the Mumbai attacks. Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan for eight years, will speak on 'Challenge of Change' Saturday (today) at a conclave organised by the India Today news magazine. 'It's strictly a private visit. There is no meeting planned with anyone in the government,' a reliable source told Indian news agency IANS. Musharraf is keen to meet former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but the meeting is unlikely to take place due to the BJP leader's delicate health. Musharraf is interested in going to Aligarh to see the Aligarh Muslim University, but the trip has not been finalised as yet.