No Regrets Over Kargil: Mush

No Regrets Over Kargil: Mush

11 October 2010
The Nation


Lahore: FORMER President Pervez Musharraf has accused India of what he called the insurgency in Balochistan including providing full support to the Baloch miscreants. Asked whether killing innocent people was not terrorism, the former President retorted that Indian Army was also killing civilians in Occupied Kashmir. 'Isn’t Indian Army also terrorist?' he asked during separate interviews with Indian TV channels. However, he admitted that the attack on Indian Parliament and the Mumbai bombings were acts of terrorism. Former president Musharraf said that the Indian intelligence agency RAW was supporting terrorist activities inside Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan. He also said that there was no role of Pak Army in politics. He further said that India was 'aiding and abetting militancy in Balochistan'. He goes on to say, 'We have evidence and proof that Baramdagh Bugti who carries out attacks is sitting in Kabul, he visits Delhi and is received by RAW.' 'No armed movement in the world can sustain without foreign aid', he added. 'Al-Qaeda and Taliban are two different groups. Al-Qaeda and the Kashmiri freedom fighters merged after the incident of 9-11. Indian stance is the biggest impediment towards a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute. Indian has deployed 80 percent of its forces on Indo-Pak border', he said. The former President, Parvez Musharraf, said that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deserved 'full marks' for his 'sincerity' in resolving the Kashmir issue and wanting peace with Pakistan, but was held back from making a 'bold' move for fear of domestic political backlash. He said that it was Dr Singh, and not his Bharatiya Janata Party predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who deserved real credit for the breakthrough in India-Pakistan relations. 'It was with Manmohan Singh that we moved forward towards an agreement, not with Vajpayee,' he told NDTV in the second part of his widely reported interview with Barkha Dutt. But Musharraf stated that the Indian Prime Minister lacked 'boldness' and 'courage' in making any concessions on Kashmir for fear of domestic pressures. 'In any agreement, there is give and take... and it is the ‘give’ part that creates problems,' he said while calling for a 'bold and courageous' Indian response. He dismissed the Lahore Declaration signed during the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s,visit to Pakistan in February 1999 with the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said there was 'nothing in Lahore Declaration' that could form the basis for a settlement of the Kashmir dispute which, he insisted, must be resolved in the interest of genuine peace. Musharraf claimed that he happened to see the draft of the Declaration and was surprised that there was 'no mention' of Kashmir. He said he had told Nawaz that it made no sense and a few sentences were then drafted. 'But he removed them from the final Declaration. In a way he (Nawaz) bluffed me,' he said. He also questioned the interviewer’s reference to the 'Agra Agreement' of 2001, saying that there was no agreement. 'It was only when the Congress returned to power in 2004 with Dr Singh as Prime Minister that the two countries 'moved forward towards an agreement.' He said Dr Singh had a 'very good sense' about India-Pakistan relations. 'I respect him very much,' he repeatedly said. Musharraf said he had 'no regrets' over Kargil, describing it as a result of the history of 'confrontation' between the two countries.


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