He admitted it. Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf admitted that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) trains terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).
Musharraf also called Pakistan-based Maulana Masood Azhar, the mastermind behind the Mumbai terror attacks, a terrorist. Azhar had twice tried to assassinate Musharraf, which could have influenced the General’s take on him.
Which is why all of Pakistan will be REALLLYYY angry with him. And perhaps as soon as the realisation dawned upon him, Musharraf fainted.
Don’t you know that he had to be hospitalised after the interview? Rahul Kanwal certainly grilled him like a chef grills chicken.
Musharraf, however, made it clear that it was the ISI not the Pakistani Army behind the training of terrorists. Of course, being an army man, we should not expect him to malign the image of his institution.
Anyway, his acceptance that ISI trains terrorists puts Pakistan on a backfoot. Haven’t they been crying hoarse that they have no connection with terrorists?
So what happens now? We will not be able to explore the labyrinthine diplomatic maze that runs between India and Pakistan, so let us look at something else:
Our PM Narendra Modi will stop making unscheduled stopovers at Nawaz’s place across the border.
He did not blame Nawaz directly or indirectly even after the Pathankot attack, but ab toh had ho gayi, yaar.
The next US President will have to handle this deftly, but not Obama (because this is the last year of his tenure).
And everyone knows CIA supports ISI.
Nawaz Sharif will try to become more influential (but that’s a futile exercise).
No Pak PM has ever had any control over the ISI.
Pakistani performers might find it difficult to make a living in India.
Musharraf will try to go into exile because he blurted out something he should not have said.
Musharraf, however, kept a door open for him back home by alleging that India’s external intelligence agency, R&AW, plays a role in Afghanistan which is similar to that of the ISI. The only problem is that while India has tomes of evidences against ISI-sponsored terror, Pakistan has none against India.