Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the Taliban were heroes for Pakistan. In an interview to Pakistani news channel Dunya TV, he admitted to the fact that Pakistan in 1990 supported and trained groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to carry out militancy in India’s Kashmir area.
In 1990s the freedom struggle had began in Kashmir…At that time Lashkar-e-Taiba along with 11 or 12 other organisations were formed. We supported them and trained them as they were fighting in Kashmir at the cost of their lives.
Musharraf also said that Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi were considered to be heroes and Kashmir’s ‘freedom fighters’. Responding to a question about action against 2008 Mumbai attack masterminds Saeed and Lakhvi, he said:
The Kashmiri freedom fighters including Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi were our heroes at that time. Later on the religious militancy turned into terrorism. Now they are killing their own people here and this should be controlled and stopped.
When the intrigued interviewer further questioned Musharraf if Saeed and Lakhvi needed to be “controlled and stopped” as well, Musharraf avoided the question and said: “No comments.”
Musharraf also said that Pakistan had trained the Taliban during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan used to consider terrorist Osama Bin Laden a ‘hero’ who later turned into a ‘villain’. Pakistan has been accused of harbouring terrorists who have gone on to launch attacks in India and Afghanistan. Here is part of the interview which Musharraf gave Dunya News. To watch the full interview click here :