India`s denial of visa to Musharraf is unfortunate: Aide

India`s refusal to grant a visa to General Pervez Musharraf is an unfortunate move, a close aide of Pakistan`s former military strongman said.

Islamabad: India`s refusal to grant a visa
to General Pervez Musharraf is an unfortunate move, a close
aide of Pakistan`s former military strongman said on Wednesday.

"It`s unfortunate that the Indian government feels so
upset or under-confident that they have denied him (Musharraf)
a visa," said Rasheed Qureshi, a retired military General and
spokesperson of Musharraf`s All Pakistan Muslim League party.
Earlier, India denied Musharraf a visa after the Home
Ministry expressed reservations over his visit due to his
recent anti-India statements, sources said in New Delhi.

Besides, the government also did not want convergence
of elements opposed to the present regime in Pakistan on
Indian soil for their activities.

In recent weeks, Musharraf had accused India of
fomenting separatist movement in Pakistan`s restive
Balochistan province.

Musharraf had been invited India to attend a seminar
hosted by the Young Presidents Organisation, an international
outfit involving influential business leaders. The conference
was scheduled to be held in Delhi on Saturday.

The former president, currently living in self-exile
in Britain, was among the guest speakers at the event.

PTI

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