New Delhi, Mar 24: Reacting to the high-profile homecoming of former president Pervez Musharraf on Sunday, BJP has said his return would not usher any changes in Pakistan.
Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Balbir Punj said that Musharraf’s return would not alter the anti-India mentality in Pakistan.
He also added that, “Mr. Musharraf’s words have absolutely no credibility in India and his going back to Pakistan will not change the basic situation in Pakistan and that is- bulk of Pakistani and the bulk of Pakistan hates India and is always conspiring to destroy India by exporting terror from there. And that situation is not going to change simply because Mr. Musharraf is going back, because irrespective of the differences which various Pakistani political formulations have but they have a common thread running in them that is hate Hindu and hate India.”
The Taliban have threatened to dispatch suicide bombers and snipers to kill Musharraf when he returns home from exile on Sunday to contest elections.
In a Taliban video obtained by Reuters, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, warned: “The Mujahideen of Islam have prepared a special squad to send Musharraf to hell. There are suicide bombers, snipers, a special assault unit and a close combat team.”
Musharraf angered the Taliban and other groups by joining the U.S. war on terror following the September 11 attacks and by later launching a major crackdown on militancy in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) felt that Musharraf’s return wouldn’t have any effect in India.
“It is totally Pakistan’s internal matter to allow Musharraf or not, whether to arrest or set him free. Pakistan should resolve it with their law. As far as India is concerned, there is no threat to us because Musharraf is not in office. If anyone can be danger to India then that is Kayani and not Musharraf,” said M.G Vaidya, senior RSS leader.
However singing on a different tune, Indian Army former commander-in-chief of the Western Command, P.N Hoon in Chandigarh said that the former Pakistani President’s return is indeed threatening for India.
“This is a matter of threat for India because everyone knows that though he has three cases against him and all have now been shut and he has now been allowed to return to Pakistan. Why is he coming now? He is returning because Pakistan’s condition is very delicate,” said Hoon.
On the contrary India’s ruling Congress party maintained a diplomatically safe stand over the development in the neighbouring country.
“Musharraf’s return is an internal matter of Pakistan and we don’t interfere in any country’s internal matters. This is between Mr. Musharraf and the government of Pakistan,” said Rashid Alvi, spokesperson of India’s ruling Congress party.
After nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Dubai and London, in time to take part in parliamentary elections on May 11.
Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup and resigned in 2008 when his allies lost a vote and a new government threatened him with impeachment. He left the country a year later.
The former army general faces the possibility of arrest on charges that he failed to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007, and in relation to other cases.
But his most immediate concern may be the Taliban, who are seeking revenge for his crackdown on militants fighting to topple the U.S.-backed government and impose their austere version of Islam.
Militants were especially enraged when Musharraf’s security forces launched a full-scale attack on Islamabad’s sprawling Red Mosque in 2007 after followers of radical clerics running a Taliban-style movement from there refused to surrender.
The government said 102 people were killed in fighting when the complex was stormed.
It’s not clear whether Musharraf will manage to regain influence in Pakistan, where strong contenders for the election include Nawaz Sharif, the man he ousted in a military coup, and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
But he remains ambitious. Musharraf has invested in his political party and has been apparently seeking support from influential Saudi Arabia.
But Musharraf has been far removed from Pakistan’s stormy politics and its streets, where demands have been rising for an end to corruption, poverty and crippling power cuts. (ANI)