The General Speaks
While talking to an Indian news channel, former President of Pakistan, General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf vehemently responded to tough questions regarding the Pakistani military. Speaking live from London, Musharraf asserted that the Indian media was fabricating stories against Pakistan’s armed forces to tarnish the image of the country. The interview heated up when Musharraf was asked about the lack of efforts by Pakistan to contain Lashkar-eTaiba and other extremist factions. The former President shot back by asking why the Indian government had failed to do the same against Shiv Sena.
The interview was aired at a time when the tension between India and Pakistan had escalated following India’s violation of the Line of Control (LoC). On the purported allegation of the Pakistani army mutilating bodies of Indian soldiers, the ex-army chief opened all cannons to defend the army he once led. Furthermore, he asserted that the Pakistan army would never conduct such a barbaric act. Musharraf confidently reiterated that the Pakistan army believes in settling all disputes with India, which includes the Kashmir issue.
The former president, known for his presence of mind and assertiveness, did not evade any question. However, he chose not to discuss Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks. Musharraf has given televised interviews before but this particular heated interaction with an Indian television channel caught attention and the anchorperson, having been rendered almost speechless by the general’s verbal barrage, decided to end the program before time.