Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says his nation’s intelligence company actively used terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed to hold out assaults in India underneath his presidency.
Nevertheless, in an interview with Pakistani information outlet Hum Information on Wednesday, Musharraf stated he now helps taking motion in opposition to the Islamist group.
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Jaish-e-Mohammed has been on the centre of current tensions between India and Pakistan, with the group claiming duty for a suicide automobile bombing that killed over 40 Indian paramilitary police within the disputed area of Kashmir on Feb. 14.
Within the weeks following the assault, the nuclear-armed rivals carried out aerial bombing missions, engaged in a short dogfight and exchanged shelling alongside the closely militarized Line of Management that divides Indian and Pakistani Kashmir.
India says Pakistan gives protected haven to Jaish-e-Mohammed and different anti-India militant teams, a cost that Islamabad denies.
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However Musharraf, a former military common who oversaw a navy coup in 1999 earlier than serving as president from 2001 to 2008, stated Pakistan’s intelligence company used Jaish-e-Mohammed to focus on India throughout his presidency.
He indicated that this occurred even after Jaish-e-Mohammed was declared a terrorist group by the United Nations and the U.S. in 2001.
Musharraf stated the group turned in opposition to him after Pakistan grew to become an ally of the U.S. within the struggle on terror. He stated Jaish-e-Mohammed militants twice tried to assassinate him in 2003 after he directed Pakistani forces to maneuver in opposition to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
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Requested why he didn’t take motion in opposition to Jaish-e-Mohammed early on in his presidency, Musharraf stated “these have been completely different instances” and claimed that each Pakistan and India orchestrated assaults on one another’s soil in what he termed “tit-for-tat” assaults.
He stated that in consequence, little motion was taken in opposition to Jaish-e-Mohammed, including that he didn’t insist on or push for a crackdown.
Nevertheless, Musharraf stated he’s “very joyful that the [Pakistani] authorities is taking a tricky stance in opposition to [Jaish-e-Mohammed].”
Musharraf, 75, lives in exile within the United Arab Emirates. He faces expenses of treason in Pakistan.
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His feedback got here every week after Pakistan’s overseas affairs minister appeared to let slip that his authorities was involved with Jaish-e-Mohammed.
In an interview with the BBC, Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated that “the management [of Jaish] have been contacted” and that they denied duty for the assault on Indian forces.
Requested who the management of the terrorist group was contacted by, Qureshi replied: “By, you realize, by individuals over right here. They are saying they deny, they deny, that’s the confusion.”
Pressed on who in Pakistan contacted the terrorist group, the minister stated: “The individuals, the people who find themselves identified to them.”
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Pakistan’s inside ministry spokesman stated this week that the nation had launched a brand new crackdown in opposition to militant teams, detaining two shut kinfolk of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
On Thursday, the federal government introduced it had seized 182 spiritual faculties and detained over 100 individuals with suspected ties to terrorist teams.
Pakistani officers say the crackdown is a part of a long-planned drive and never a response to Indian anger over what New Delhi calls Islamabad’s failure to rein in militant teams.
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Earlier large-scale crackdowns in opposition to anti-India militants have broadly been beauty, with the proscribed teams capable of survive and proceed operations.
An Indian official, who requested anonymity, instructed Reuters that New Delhi was skeptical that the crackdown was actual, saying Pakistan had performed such operations after earlier assaults in India solely to launch detained militants in a “revolving door coverage.”
“Whether or not these actions are beauty or credible is one thing but to be seen,” stated the Indian official, including that Pakistan should take “credible, verifiable and fast” motion to finish what he charged is a coverage of utilizing extremists to wage proxy assaults in India and Afghanistan.
— With information from Reuters
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