West partisan towards India, alleges Musharraf

Bristling with anti-India sentiments, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf accused the US and other western countries of being partisan towards India and repeated allegations that Indian supported rebels in Pakistan.

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 18:50 PM IST

London: Bristling with anti-India
sentiments, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has
accused the US and other western countries of being partisan
towards India and repeated allegations that Indian supported
rebels in Pakistan.

Pressed hard on whether there was any Pakistani
complicity in Osama bin Laden`s sheltering in Abbottabad, an
apparently uneasy Musharraf countered the posers by alleging
that India was aiding Baloch rebels in Pakistan.

In an interview to the BBC, Musharraf responded to
tough questions by presenter Jeremy Paxman by saying that
Pakistan was `sensitive` about its nuclear assets and India.

He did not name Balochistan in the interview, but
said, "Do you know we caught five truckloads of weapons very
recently, just about two months back.

Five truckloads of anti-aircraft missiles, rocket
launchers, mortars.

Now, who brought these five trucks? Who gave these?
Americans or the Afghanistan government? No sir.
India gave them. And we know it."

He acknowledged fears in the west that Osama bin
Laden had a support network in Pakistan, but claimed, "I can`t
imagine in my wildest dreams that the intelligence agency was
doing something without telling me, so therefore there was no
complicity at the strategic level."

Musharraf insisted that when he was in power, he
did not know that bin Laden was sheltered in Abbottabad.

He said, "It is difficult to prove non-complicity. We
can call it negligence, we can call it ineptitude, whatever,
failure."

When Paxman pointed out to him western countries
gave Pakistan a "great deal of money" in the war on terror,
Musharraf said western nations should respect "our
sensitivities. Our nuclear capabilities, our sensitivity is
India.

If there is a partisan attitude in favour of India
against Pakistan that doesn`t go well with the people of
Pakistan and also the government."

Claiming that there was anger in Pakistan against
the United States because it allegedly took a one-sided view
(in favour of India), Musharraf repeated the allegation that
India was arming rebels in the country.

Paxman asked, "Your problem with India is your
problem with India. It`s not our problem with India.
I ask you again, why should western countries support
Pakistan at great cost."

Musharraf responded, "because we are fighting
terror." He refuted Paxman`s contention that Pakistan was
blackmailing the western countries into giving it money, but
said the people of Pakistan should also realise that they were
not fighting a war for the United States, but for themselves.

Musharraf said, "The vast majority of Pakistan does
not want the Talibanisation of Pakistan. So we have to defeat
Taliban and al Qaeda. We are not fighting the United States?
war. And the United States must know that if they push
Pakistan to the wall, well, what will happen to the region and
to the world will be much more serious than what is
happening."

PTI