Musharraf calls JeM a terror outfit, welcomes Pak. action against it


The intelligence apparatus had used it to carry out attacks in India during his term, says the former president.

Former Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf (retired) said on Wednesday that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), led by Masood Azhar, was a terrorist group, but indicated that his country’s intelligence had used it to carry He carried out attacks in India during his term.

In a telephone interview with Pakistani journalist Nadeem Malik of Hum News on his talk show, General Musharraf, 75, who is currently in Dubai, welcomed the action against JeM. He said he had tried to assassinate him twice in December 2003, according to a video shared on the journalist’s Facebook and Twitter page.

The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack on February 14 that left 40 people dead to CRPF personnel.

Last month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in an interview with CNN, said that Azhar was in Pakistan, but the government could act against him only if India presented “solid” and “inalienable” evidence that could be presented to a government. Justice Court.

The Pakistan army, however, has denied the presence of the terrorist group in the country.

Amid growing international pressure after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan on March 5 detained 44 members of the banned militant groups, including Azhar’s son and brother.

General Musharraf said: “This is a good move. I have always said that the JeM is a terrorist organization and that they had only carried out a suicide attack in an attempt to assassinate me. They must take action against them. ”

General Musharraf, who also served as Pakistan’s army chief, said the actions against JeM should have been taken earlier.
“Those times were different”

When asked why he had not taken action against the organization during his term in power, he claimed that those times were “different.” Both India and Pakistan were involved in a clandestine struggle, “carrying out bombings in the territory of the other,” he said, adding that the intelligence agencies of his country were involved.

In the midst of all this, not much action was taken against the jaish, he said, adding that he had not insisted either.

General Musharraf, who governed Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, faces the case of treason for suspending the Constitution in 2007, a punishable offense for which he was accused in 2014. He has lived in Dubai since March 2016.