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India has "ulterior motive of creating an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan": Musharraf

June 9, 2011 - Washington

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has accused India of trying to create an anti-Pak Afghanistan, and also of playing a "malicious role" in "maligning Pakistan's military and intelligence".

The former Pakistan president also accused the Afghan government of "stabbing Pakistan in the back".

"The malicious role of India and the Afghan government itself in maligning Pakistan's military and intelligence must not be overlooked," Musharraf wrote in a piece for CNN.

"We know what Indian consulates in Kandahar and Jalalabad especially are doing. We also know that Afghan intelligence, military and foreign service personnel go for training in India. Not a single one comes to Pakistan, despite Pakistan's longstanding offer of free training since my time in office," he added.

Musharraf was of the view that abandoning the area by US and other coalition forces without creating the appropriate political environment and the military capability in the Afghan forces would be most inadvisable.

"The ulterior Indian motive of creating an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan has to stop. Afghan President Hamid Karzai must also understand this and stop stabbing Pakistan in the back. Only the United States can ensure such an essential change," he claimed.

On the Kashmir issue, Musharraf said that the longstanding dispute needs an urgent, amicable settlement.

"That is the core towards stopping the religious militancy of the Kashmir-orientated Mujahedeen," he added.


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