Kargil comment: Indian politicians across the spectrum lash out at Musharraf

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New Delhi, May 18: Indian politicians across the spectrum lashed out at former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf over his latest statement on the 1999 Kargil War, accusing of fabricating history.

Musharraf, the former chief of the Pakistani Army who staged a bloodless coup in October 1999 to dethrone prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said his country's army had "caught India by the throat" during the Kargil conflict and added that India will never forget the experience [India won't forget Kargil War, says Musharraf].


Musharraf was the army chief at the time of the conflict in May-July 1999.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said the entire world knows the truth about Kargil War and how the Indian forces violently pushed out the intruders from Pakistan and how it was defeated. He said it was common for Pakistan to create history and not abide by the facts.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi advised Musharraf, 71, to introspect the bad state he himself and Pakistan are now instead of giving statements on India. He said it is the classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, adding that it diminishes both Pakistan and Musharraf himself.

Communist Party of India leader D Raja said India had won the Kargil War and asked Musharraf not to create obstacles when the two neighbours are trying to normalise their relationship. He said Musharraf was issuing such statement to find some space in his country's politics.

Musharraf, who had served as the President of Pakistan between 2001 and 2008, had left for London after situations turned hostile towards him in Pakistan for a self-imposed exile. In 2013, he returned to Pakistan to participate in the general election but was disqualified from taking part in the polls by the country's judiciary.

In March 2014, he was charged with high treason for calling an emergency rule and suspending the constitution in 2007.

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