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India responsible for unrest in Balochistan: Musharraf

"The Pakistani govt has 'solid evidence' of involvement of India and Afghanistan," he said.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad |
November 26, 2010 9:47:22 pm

India is responsible for creating unrest in Pakistan’s south-western Balochistan province and authorities have “solid evidence” in this regard,former President Pervez Musharraf has claimed.

Musharraf,currently living in self-exile in Britain,repeated his claims that the involvement of India and Afghanistan in Balochistan is creating unrest in the province.

The Pakistani government has “solid evidence” of the involvement of the two countries and this proof has been “shared with everyone”,the former military ruler claimed in an interview with Express 24/7 news channel.

“Even (Afghan) President (Hamid) Karzai has been given (the evidence),” he said.

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Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has levelled similar allegations against India in the past but has never backed up his claims with proof.

Musharraf said the military operation carried out against Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti during his regime was justified as Bugti “had been creating trouble in Balochistan”.

The operation resulted in the death of Bugti and several of his aides.

“There is a person who is firing 500 rockets on Sui.

There is a person who has occupied the hill features and is firing rockets and weapons…on the Frontier Corps. They are blowing up the gas pipeline,the electric pylon,the railway line,” he said,referring to alleged actions of Bugti’s men.

Musharraf alleged that Bugti’s grandson,Bramdagh Bugti,is received by agents of Indian intelligence agency,the Research and Analysis Wing,when he goes to India.

“I know that they finance him,they give him weapons to create trouble and stab us in the back in Balochistan,” he claimed.

Speaking on the Pakistan People’s Party-led government’s probe into the December 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto,Musharraf said the three people named by Bhutto in a letter sent to him before her death were not behind her killing.

The three men named in the letter are former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi,former Intelligence Bureau chief Ijaz Shah and former Inter-Services Intelligence agency chief Hamid Gul.

Musharraf said: “I knew about Pervaiz Elahi and Ijaz Shah,they were very responsible people and I know they wouldn’t be planning to kill her. I mean,it would be utterly stupid of them to do that.

“Hamid Gul is a man who…always uses his ex-intelligence connections a lot and I know that he hated her (Bhutto). But I don’t know whether he was planning an assassination.

Asked if any former intelligence operatives were involved in Bhutto’s murder,Musharraf said he did not know.

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First published on: 26-11-2010 at 09:47:22 pm

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