Musharraf raises anti-India rhetoric

Musharraf also blamed the US for terrorism inside his country.

Washington: Apparently eyeing the 2013 polls,
Pakistan`s ex-President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday raised
anti-India rhetoric, claiming that the US "nuclear policy of
appeasement and strategic cooperation" with New Delhi is seen
in his home country as "an act of animosity."

Musharraf, who has announced his intention to return
to Pakistan from self-exile next year with the aim to run for
office in 2013, also blamed the US for terrorism inside his

"How did religious militancy get introduced into
Pakistan? There is no doubt that Pakistan is a victim of
terrorism and is certainly not the perpetrator," he wrote in
an opinion piece on the CNN website.

"For 10 long years from 1979 to 1989, we gave birth to
religious militancy under the call for `jihad`. The freedom
struggle in Kashmir started in 1989 and continues till now. It
has tremendous public sympathy in Pakistan and has given birth
to several Mujahedeen groups. This is another big cause of
religious militancy in Pakistan," he said.

Musharraf said the abandonment of Pakistan after 1989,
with a strategic shift of the US policy towards India and
military sanctions against Pakistan, cost US-Pakistan
relations very dearly.

"In Pakistan`s public mind, the United States `used`
Pakistan and then abandoned it: this was taken as a betrayal,"
he said.

"The US nuclear policy of appeasement and strategic
cooperation with India against Pakistan is taken by the man
in the street in Pakistan as very partisan and an act of
animosity against our national interest," he said.

The continuing US military presence and operations in
Afghanistan, indiscriminate drone attacks with increasing
collateral damage in tribal areas and, finally, the violation
of Pakistani sovereignty in the cross-border strike against
Osama bin Laden "are all now seen most negatively by the
people of Pakistan," said Musharraf, who was the mastermind of
the failed Kargil misadventure.

He accused India of acting against Pakistan`s interest
inside Afghanistan, an allegation which has been denied by New
Delhi and refuted strongly by both Kabul and Washington.

Both the US and Afghanistan say there is no such evidence
and in fact have praised India for its developmental role.

"The malicious role of India and the Afghan government
itself in maligning Pakistan`s military and intelligence must
not be overlooked. We know what Indian consulates in Kandahar
and Jalalabad especially are doing. We also know that Afghan
intelligence, military and foreign service personnel go for
training in India.

"Not a single one comes to Pakistan, despite Pakistan`s
longstanding offer of free training since my time in office,"
Musharraf said.

"The ulterior Indian motive of creating an anti-Pakistan
Afghanistan has to stop," he said and warned Afghan President
Hamid Karzai that he must also understand this and stop, what
he alleged, stabbing Pakistan in the back.

"Only the United States can ensure such an essential
change. The Kashmir dispute needs an urgent, amicable
settlement. That is the core towards stopping the religious
militancy of the Kashmir-orientated Mujahedeen," Musharraf


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