Hitting out at former Pakistan president General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf over his assertion that both India and Pakistan are victims of terrorism, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Subramanian Swamyon Tuesday said that Islamabad has not been able to catch even one Indian in an attack in the country.
“I want to educate Musharraf on one point that there is a fundamental difference in the terrorist attack in India and a terrorist attack in Pakistan. In no terrorist attack in Pakistan, they have been able to catch even one Indian. But in almost every attack from Pakistan, we have found a direct link to ISI and Pakistan military,” Swamy told ANI.
“We have to say to Pakistan you can’t go hurting us like this. At some stage like an elephant which bears a lot of nonsense, but in the end when it gets mad it retaliates. So, we have to tell Pakistan what terrorism actually means,” he added.
Musharraf earlier in an interview to a Pakistani news channel asked India not to ‘overreact’ to the terror strike on the Pathankot air force base, saying both nations were victims of extremism.
Musharraf said that terrorism was prevalent in both India and Pakistan due to which incidents like Pathankot would keep happening.
Accusing New Delhi of creating pressure on Islamabad when it came to terror attacks, the former president alleged that terrorism and extremism was quite prevalent in India as well.
He also said that there was a lot of ‘disgruntlement’ among the Muslim community in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.
“I interacted with Vajpayee sahab and at the time we had very good ties with India. It all comes down to leadership in the end. We were moving forward with him and Manmohan sahab. Unfortunately, it’s not working under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. His popularity has dampened post his loss in Delhi and Bihar,” Musharraf said.
“Vajapayee and Manmohan were more sincere when it came to resolving dispute. A good leader is always flexible. Things can’t work out if you are hell-bent on your own stand,” he added.
Downplaying Prime Minister Modi’s recent visit to Islamabad, he added that it was just a case of ‘showmanship’ and there was nothing substantial about his visit. (ANI)