General Pervez Musharraf calls Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a “terrorist”
General Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistan president has recently described Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “terrorist”, stating that he has been involved in the bomb blasts even in his country.
However, he did not give a clear reply as to why Pakistan has not yet been asked China to get Azhar declared as an international terrorist by the United Nations.
“Why China should be involved in all this when it has nothing to do with him (Azhar),” Mr Musharraf told a Pakistani TV channel.
A proposal is pending before the UN Security Council for declaring Azhar as an international terrorist, but China has been blocking it, claiming that there is not enough evidence to prove that he is a terrorist.
When he was asked about the espionage case that busted in Delhi, which involved an employee of the Pakistan High Commission, the former Pakistan Army Chief initially parried the issue saying, “I am not aware of it”. But then he was seeing, adding that “if at all it has happened, (it) shouldn’t be encouraged”, the release said.
Nawaz Sharif’s government lacks aggression
It was also quoted by Mr Musharraf that the Nawaz Sharif government further lacks aggression.
The channel said Musharraf has accepted Pakistan government’s diplomatic failure on the international front. However, he said that it does not mean that Pakistan should be taken for granted.
To a question on whether a political leadership or the Army is better suited for Pakistan’s development, Mr Musharraf said that the country had witnessed growth when the Army was in power.
When he was questioned about the terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), he feigned ignorance by just saying “I don’t know”. However, later with a smile, he said, “I will let you know only once I get the count of these camps which you are talking about”.
While on Pakistan’s diminishing relations with the United States, he said there are certain contentious issues which are still being addressed by Pakistan Army.
When referred to the ‘surgical strike’ and military might of India, he said, Pakistan is a nuclear power with a strong army which can’t be bullied.
On India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden visit to Pakistan and his meeting with Sharif, he said that shaking hands is just an artificial move, but to seek a formal solution, something concrete needs to be done.