The month of October heralded the return of the former military ruler of Pakistan, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, to active politics. The ailing retired general chose to speak extensively on the Kashmir Issue, stating that Kashmir is in the blood of Pakistan. He further asserted that the Nation and Pakistani army would collectively stand by the people of Kashmir no matter what the circumstances prevail.
Pervez Musharraf, while addressing the Kashmir issue, also brought out the Kargil conflict in the discussion. He further alleged that India had repeatedly threatened Pakistan regardless of the Islamabad’s peace proposition.
The retired general asserted that the Indian nation had to seek the help of the then US president, Bill Clinton, to resolve the 1999 conflict. He went on to say, “Perhaps, the Indian army has forgotten the Kargil war.”
Musharraf, via the telephone, made the statement from his Dubai residence on Sunday. In which the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Chairman addressed the party workers on the founding day of APML in Islamabad.
The 76-year-old politician had taken a break from politics, and all the political activities due to his deteriorating health last year is currently recovering in Dubai.
Musharraf’s comments about the Kashmir is probably his first publicly spoken comment since the ties between India and Pakistan has been worsened in the light of the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government on August 5. The comment, Kashmir is in the blood of Pakistani nation, made by the ailing politician seems to be his comeback.
Adding to the plethora of controversial comments, he went on to say, “We will continue to stand by our Kashmiri brethren no matter what.” As enumerated by the Express Tribune, he further quoted that the Pakistani nation and Pakistan army would fight for Kashmiri people till the last drop of their blood.
Musharraf also said that India must not consider Pakistan’s desire for peace as a sign of weakness. To aggravate the situation, he stated that the Pakistani armed forces are ready to give a “befitting response to any Indian misadventure.”
Since the revocation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir by the Union Government on August 5, the tensions between India and Pakistan have further escalated.
In return, Pakistan denigrated all its diplomatic ties with New Delhi, followed by the expulsion of the Indian High Commissioner. India has openly asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 is an internal matter. To Pakistan’s allegation, India has asked the fellow nation to accept reality and cease its anti-India discourse.
Pervez Musharraf’s criticism also extended towards the Indian politicians and military commanders for escalating the tensions between the neighboring nations with their “irresponsible statements.”
Since March 2016, Musharraf has been living in Dubai, is facing critical charges. The former military general is charged with treason against the suspension of Pakistan’s Constitution in 2007. It is a punishable offense and for which he was indicted in 2014. High treason carries the conviction of life imprisonment or a death penalty.
According to the news reports from Pakistani media, the former general is planning to return to politics as his health has shown considerable improvement. On being questioned about is an ailment, Pervez Musharraf stated that he is suffering from amyloidosis. It is an uncommon illness caused by the build-up of an irregular protein known as amyloid in organs and tissues within the physique. He is presently undergoing treatment in Dubai.
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