Former president Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Pakistan supported and trained groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir.
“In 1990s the freedom struggle began in Kashmir… At that time Lashkar-e-Toiba and 11 or 12 other organisations were formed. We supported them and trained them as they were fighting in Kashmir at the cost of their lives,” Musharraf said in an interview to Dunya News on Sunday.
The former army chief was responding to a question about action against LeT’s Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.He said Saeed and Lakhvi type people enjoyed the status of heroes at that time.
“The Kashmiri freedom fighters, including Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi, were our heroes at that time. Later on the religious militancy turned into terrorism,” he said.