Musharraf pushes for peace between India and Pakistan

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 18:03

Washington: Former Pakistani dictator Pervez
Musharraf, known for his Kargil misadventure and later for his
back channel peace diplomacy on Kashmir, now believes that
India and Pakistan should end confrontation and go for peace.

"We must stop this confrontation between Indian and
Pakistan," Musharraf in his speech at Seattle over the

"We must go for peace for the sake of the world, because
the world considers us to be a nuclear flash point," the
former Pakistani president was quoted as saying by `The
Seattle Times`.

Speaking at a news conference, Musharraf denied that
Pakistan has supported terrorist activity in India; instead he
accused New Delhi of supporting terrorism inside his country,
including Baluchistan province, where rebels have begun
secessionist movement.

Musharraf, who lives in London, is currently on a lecture
tour of the United States.

Though he praised US President Barack Obama for sending
more troops to Afghanistan, the former Pak ruler criticised
him for announcing a time table of withdrawal of troops from
the country.

Addressing several hundred Pakistanis in Seattle on
Sunday, Musharraf also spoke against the Talibanisation and
said this posed a serious threat to the country.

"We need to ask ourselves, do we or don`t we want a
Taliban/al Qaeda culture in Pakistan ... because every action
then flows from that decision," he said.


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First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 18:03

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