Washington: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has called for only “gradual action” against militant groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), saying that they enjoyed sympathy for fighting the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir.
Musharraf’s comments come after US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh urged Pakistan to step up pressure against terrorist outfits based in Pakistan.
“You can’t rock the boat so much that the boat capsizes,” the Dawn quoted Musharraf, as saying.
“While these things have to be done, allow piecemeal, gradual action through a well thought-out strategy which does not disturb the entire law and order situation in Pakistan,” he added.
The former president further acknowledged that LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad were “involved in terrorism in Pakistan”, but said that they have been “very popular” for fighting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Since they were going to Kashmir and fighting the Indian Army, it went along with the psyche of the people of Pakistan — with everyone,” Musharraf said.
“It’s a difficult situation for any government in Pakistan. So, the root is (to) resolve the Kashmir dispute, frankly,” he added.
LeT is blamed for planning the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which began on November 26 and lasted until November 29 killing at least 173 people and wounding at least 308 people.
It is considered a terrorist organisation by India, the US, the UK, the United Nations, among others.