Musharraf announces ‘Pak army ready for peace talks with India’

On Thursday, Pervez Musharraf said despite Pakistan being ready for peace initiatives with India, there is no progress on core issues.

In an interview to an Indian news channel, India Today, Musharraf declared that their military is “200 per-cent” on board regarding the peace process with India but “India only wants to talk about its own issues like Mumbai and Pathankot. It wants to dominate and bully Pakistan”.

“India derailed the peace process every time and it only wants to discuss terrorism,” Musharraf said.

“Considering the atrocities and the treatment meted out to the Muslim majority in IHK, several groups such as Lashkar-i-Taiba and Jaish-i-Muhammad emerged. They were ready to lay down their lives for their Kashmiri brethren, we call them freedom fighters, not Taliban or terrorist,” Musharraf said.

Not to forget that in December last year Musharraf had told BBC Urdu that those fighting in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) were ‘mujahideen’ and ‘freedom fighters’ and not terrorists as India calls them.

Earlier David Headley gave an Indian court in Mumbai the details of his role in planning the Mumbai attack, in which more than 160 people were killed over three days when a group of 10 men rampaged across the city.

On Monday after five hours of authentication by the reporters Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said that Headley supplied his handlers in the Lashkar-i-Taiba with videos and maps of luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and the city’s main railway station that were attacked.