Lahore: The Pakistan Government has failed to make its stance clear on the Haqqani network, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said.
During a videoconference with the students of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Musharraf said that the United States had realised the fact that stability in Afghanistan could not be ensured without Pakistan’s assistance, but the government in Islamabad had failed to properly present their version on the Haqqani network.
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is a very important institution, and conspiracies to destabilise it and the army will likely destabilise the country, Pakistan Today quoted Musharraf, as saying.
Replying to a question regarding the Afghanistan situation, the former president said that if a stable political government was not established before the exit of NATO forces, there might be a possibility of a situation similar to that in the 1990s and all ethnic groups in Afghanistan could engage in war, which could also be critical for Pakistan.
The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) president said that the country’s political leadership was notorious for corruption, but “he inducted best and honest people in his cabinet during his presidential tenure and asked former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to assume the charge of Finance Minister, which he accepted on a meagre income”.
Musharraf also hinted at the possibility of the APML’s support for Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in the next general elections.
The APML chief said that for the betterment and strengthening of the country, new political forces should be brought forth, and if PTI chief Imran or any other leader could dare to do bring a change, the APML had no objection.