Pervaiz Musharraf responds to former DG ISI comments

Pervaiz Musharraf responds to former DG ISI comments

DUBAI - Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf rejected former ISI chief Muhammad Asad Durrani’s views that Kulbhushan Jadhav could have been returned to India at the right price.When asked about Durrani’s comments — which came after the recent launch of his book co-authored by former Research and Analysis Wing chief AS Dulat — Musharraf laughed it off saying, “I don’t know who this person is.”Hinting at Durrani’s possible political connection, the former Pakistan Army chief said, “At this moment, there is certainly a turmoil in Pakistan… I don’t know which party he belongs to.”

In April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of espionage and terrorism. India then challenged the verdict in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming due procedures were not followed in the trial. The ICJ has stayed the execution.

Reacting to former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s comments hinting his country’s role in the 26\11 Mumbai attack, Musharraf said his comments cannot be taken on merit. “That is not a fact at all.”

He added that two slaps were all that could have taken to make Ajmal Kasab, the Pak terrorist who was nabbed from Mumbai during the attack, admit to anything. “Are you for a moment agreeing with Kulbhushan Jadhav who is saying... admitting… that he is your agent… sabotaging Pakistan...You are not accepting it, is it (sic)?”

Sharif had recently said that Pakistan should not allow non-state actors to carry out such attacks.

Musharraf said the Pakistan government and Army cannot be blamed for the actions of a group or an organisation.