Proxy War - Musharraf's revelation in an interview
NEW YORK: Former President Pervez Musharraf has said to build peace and block indian influence, Kabul must share power with the extremist group Taliban.
Musharraf, on Wednesday, in an interview with The Walls Street Journal interated the importance of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s September inauguration presented a new opportunity for reconciliation between the government and Taliban and related insurgent groups.
He said, “Ashraf Ghani is a balanced man, I think he’s a great hope. Pakistan and India should avoid engaging in proxy war."
The former Military General proclaimed that India is a party to weapons, training and equipment provided to ethnic Baloch separatists inside Afghanistan, whereas US and its allies had consistently failed to consider Pakistan’s concerns, forcing Islamabad to rely on other militant groups inside Afghanistan to prop up its interests.
Never before but Mr Musharraf confessed in the interview that India and Pakistan had been engaged in a long-running proxy war on Afghan soil that fed the conflict. But, he said, his and Islamabad’s role in nurturing the Taliban and allied militant groups operating in Afghanistan were a legitimate counterweight against its rival India there.
“There are enemies of Pakistan that have to be countered,” he said. “Certainly if there’s an enemy of mine, I will use somebody to counter him.”
Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, told WSJ: “We don’t need to respond to voices from the wilderness. Such voices just try to occupy news space.”
“The world must realise that we may not like the face of Mullah Omar…but that is how life is, that is what Afghanistan is,” said Mr Musharraf.
His remarks come as Mr Ghani’s administration plays up hopes that Afghan officials will be able to negotiate with the Taliban leadership in the coming weeks.
But he said those groups were an instrument to counter India’s influence on the ground in Afghanistan and insisted that former US President George W. Bush “knew that I am not playing a double game” with Washington.
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