Islamabad, Feb 17: Pakistan should not 'hide' the involvement of Pakistani nationals in the Mumbai terror attacks, opined former President to Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on Monday, Feb 16. He called upon the Pakistani nationalities to oppose the terrorism and unite for a cause.
"The issue is that the nation and the people should oppose terrorism. If any of our people are involved in whatever happened in Mumbai and it comes out in the open, we should not hide it," he told reporters in Islamabad.
"We can't deceive the world. We should openly oppose terrorism and extremism," Musharraf answered a query on whether the Pakistan govt was acting under pressure from the world community after the Mumbai incident.
"Pakistan is not a weak country, it is a nuclear, and missile power. No one should have the mistaken impression that Pakistan is weak," he said.
Musharraf was reacting to allegations by New York Times reporter David T Sanger, who in his book alleged that Musharraf played 'double dealing' with the United States in a war on terror; and that Pakistan army and the ISI had links with the Taliban.
Last week, Islamabad had admitted that part of the conspiracy behind the Mumbai terror attacks was planned on Pakistani soil and in this regard six Pakistani nationals are taken into custody. However, in a lighter vein, Musharraf said that he would continue to be a 'tough guy' in dealing with India. He will be participating in the India Today conclave in India next month.
Musharraf said he would be the keynote speaker at the India Today conclave, which he described as 'a very prestigious get-together' of intellectuals.
"The conclave has been attended by (former South African President Nelson Mandela), (former US President Bill) Clinton and other world leaders in the past. It is a matter of pride that I have been invited," he said, adding he would deliver a 'frank talk' at the meet