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United States is equally responsible, not just Pakistan, former president Musharraf tells a think-tank audience in New York.
SPECIAL REPORT | Wednesday | 10 November 2010
NEW YORK CITY, US—Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf says India is trying to create a hostile state in Afghanistan. He was dismissed criticism on Pakistan’s role in the terror war.
Musharraf said has seen photographs of Kabul-based ‘Pakistani terrorists’, a reference to the followers of Brahamdagh Bugti, the grandson of former politician Akbar Bugti. The senior Bugti launched a well organized armed rebellion in 2005 against Pakistan with help from CIA and Karzai’s intelligence service. Brahamdagh is in Afghanistan under direct protection of Indian intelligence agents.
“If I’m allowed to be very, very frank, India’s role in Afghanistan is to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan,” Musharraf said at the Council on Foreign Relations.
“This is very clear to me. There are consulates in Kandahar and Jalalabad (which) are actually involved in creating trouble in Pakistan. They have no other role,” Musharraf said. “Why wouldn’t the consulates be somewhere in the north facing Uzbekistan and Tajikistan?” he asked.
Despite evidence of anti-Pakistan activities on Afghan soil by Indian agents and elements from CIA, Washington under Bush and now Obama gives little credence to Pakistani concerns. Partial blame for this goes to Pakistani political and military officials who have failed to take a stand on this issue. The starkest example of this is Musharraf. He often shied away from effectively drawing Washington’s attention to CIA’s role in Afghanistan.
Under pressure from Pakistani military and intelligence, Mr. Musharraf finally shared the evidence with senior US military and intelligence officials in 2008. After that, CIA began targeting anti-Pakistan terrorists on the Afghan border. Pakistani analysts accused rogue CIA elements in Afghanistan of supporting anti-Pakistan terrorists.
Pakistan is the single largest donor to the Afghan people over the past thirty years, committing billions of dollars over the period in providing healthcare, education, shelter and jobs to three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
According to AFP, Musharraf ‘bristled’ at criticism that Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders have been able to escape US-led forces in Afghanistan by crossing into Pakistan’s border areas.
“Pakistan is trying its best. Why is the responsibility only on Pakistan?” Musharraf said. “Why is the responsibility of their coming into Pakistan not the fault of Afghan forces and US forces and coalition forces?”
“It should be shared at least 50-50 — we are at fault, you are also at fault,” he said.
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