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JeM chief Masood Azhar is a ‘terrorist’: Pervez Musharraf

The former Pakistani President, however, did not give a clear reply as to why Pakistan has not been asking China to get Azhar declared an international terrorist by the United Nations.
Pervez Musharraf : Former President of Pakistan

Describing Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “terrorist”, former Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf said Azhar has been involved in bomb blasts even in his country.

The former Pakistani President, however, did not give a clear reply as to why Pakistan has not been asking China to get Azhar declared an international terrorist by the United Nations.

 “Why should China be involved when it has nothing to do with him (Azhar),” Musharraf told News Nation, according to a release issued by the TV channel.

The report said a proposal is pending before the UN Security Council for declaring Azhar as an international terrorist , however, China has been blocking it, citing that there is not enough evidence to prove that he is a terrorist.

As about the espionage case busted today in Delhi involving an employee of the Pakistan High Commission, the former Pakistan Army Chief initially parried the issue saying, “I am not aware of it”. But then he added that “if at all it has happened, (it) shouldn’t be encouraged”, the release said.

It also quoted Musharraf as saying that the Nawaz Sharif government lacks aggression.

The TV channel  report said Musharraf accepted Pakistan government’s diplomatic failure on international front. He, however, said it does not mean that Pakistan should be taken for granted.

To a question on whether a political leadership or army is better suited for Pakistan’s development, Musharraf said the country had witnessed growth when Army was in power.

When asked about terror camps in PoK, he feigned ignorance saying “I don’t know”. However, with a smile, he said, “I will let you know only once I get the count of these camps which you are talking about”.

Speaking about the  Pakistan’s diminishing relations with United States, Musharraf said said there are certain contentious issues which are being addressed by Pakistan Army.

When referred to the ‘surgical strike’ and military might of India, he said, Pakistan is a nuclear power with a strong army which can’t be bullied.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden visit to Pakistan and his meeting with Sharif, he said shaking hands is just an artificial move, but for a formal solution, something concrete needs to be done.

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