Musharraf declares JeM chief Masood Azhar as terrorist

Photo of former Pakistan President and army chief Parvez Musharraf.

Islamabad: Former Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf today said that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “terrorist”, saying he has been involved in bomb blasts even in his country.

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

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

A proposal is pending before the UN Security Council for declaring Azhar as an international terrorist but China has been blocking it, claiming that there is not enough evidence to prove that he is a terrorist.

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When asked 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 channel 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.

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