Stunned by Musharraf's claims, US does not know how to respond

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Washington, Sep.16 (ANI): The United States is ambivalent regarding former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf's claims that he could have deployed US military equipment against India.

The US State Department avoided any direct comment on Musharraf's statement saying it is yet to verify the former general's claims.

"Not that I am aware of," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said, adding, " First of all, Mr Musharraf is a private citizen, he provided very few details, so we will refer you to him to get these kinds of details."

Kelly said Washington takes any allegation regarding use of its aid very seriously, and that is the case in the present context also.

"As a general principle, we take very seriously any allegation of using US-origin military assistance for purposes other than we had intended them for," The News quoted Kelly, as saying.

The spokesman said Musharraf's statement had no 'specific' details and had a very 'broad' spectrum, and that the US would need to verify all aspects before commenting on such allegations.

"Musharraf's statement is 'very broad' and with no 'specifics' that I know of and I think we will need more details. I don't know what he was referring to," Kelly added. (ANI)

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