Amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan, with frequent cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Kashmir, former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf today claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a ‘warmonger’ and doesn’t want to resolve the India-Pakistan issue through talks. The former Pakistan President, during whose rule the Kargil war broke out, said that PM Modi is the last person to talk, in order to resolve the age old issue and also called the Prime Minister’s visit to Lahore an artificial act.
Speaking to CNN News 18, over a telephonic interview, Musharraf claimed that the Pakistan government and the Army is not controlling or helping terrorist outfits based in the country and said that the terrorists are volunteers playing on their lives because of the sympathy and emotional attachment they have for the Kashmiris.
On the execution of Burhan Wani by the Indian army, Musharraf stated the Hizbul Mujahideen militant as a ‘martyr’ and also said that the slain militant might have been into terror activities but the Indian government policies and the Indian Army had forced him to take arms. Over a recorded conversation of Wani with 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Musharraf claimed that Saeed was an educated man and not a terrorist.
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The former Pakistan President and army general said that Lashkar-e-Taiba is not a terror outfit but the best NGO of Pakistan and had helped the Pakistanis in several instances, during earthquakes and floods.
Tensions between the two neighbouring countries, across the border in Kashmir, had increased following the surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army in Pakistan, where army destroyed several terrorist launch pads and killed at least 38 militants. The surgical strike by the Indian Army came following the Uri attacks, where four heavily armed terrorists attacked Indian Army bases in the Uri district of Kashmir, claiming the lives of 18 Indian army jawans.