Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf on 11th February said that its military intelligence ISI trains Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e Mohammad recruits.
He also said that terror attacks in India will not stop until New Delhi addresses the “core” issue of Kashmir. He continued to say that the unfortunate terrorist and militancy acts will continue till the Kashmir matter is solved.
He sounded rather defensive of these activities as he said that anyone who was fighting in Kashmir was a freedom fighter. He mentioned that Kashmir will always rile up sentiments of angst and rage in Pakistan.
He blatantly went on to blame and said, “I don’t think we will move forward on the core issue. You don’t want to. You want to bulldoze us, you want to bully us and you want to dominate us. You only want to talk about issues concerning you like terrorism, Mumbai and Pathankot. So I don’t feel core issues are moving forward.” This was when he was asked to comment on Foreign Secretary-level talks that were postponed after Pathankot attack.
This comes days after David Headley stated that ISI supports the LeT and JeM with finances, ammunition as well as training. Headley has taken names of people like Major Iqbal and Major Riyaz of Pakistani Army specifically amongst others.
During the deposition Headley also named Hafiz Saeed as the brain behind the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. However, Musharraf claimed that he didn’t believe anything that Headley had to say and that Pakistan intelligence should be given a chance to question him.
Despite India’s furnishing repeated proof of Lashkar and its chief Hafiz Saeed’s involvement in the 26/11 attacks, Saeed roams free in Pakistan. “LeT and Hafiz Saeed are not involved in terror activities in Pakistan” said the 72-year-old former President.
He also accused India’s intelligence agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) of carrying out terror attacks in Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Every single time India has broached the topic of terrorism fostered in the confines of Pakistan, they have conveniently been in a permanent state of denial about its affiliations and links to terrorist outfits like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
It is not only exasperating but also rather infuriating to see that they continue to play innocent and unaware about their intelligence agency’s involvement with these terror outfits with respect to carrying out terrorist activities in India.
Statements like these coming by a former president and more crucially Chief of the country’s all powerful army, prove just how difficult it is for policy makers in India to deal with the multiple power centres operating in that country.