NEW DELHI: Political parties and security experts on Wednesday reacted sharply to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf acknowledging that his country supported and trained terror groups like Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) saying the truth is finally out and demanded that wanted terrorists be handed over to India.
Both BJP and Congress came together in attacking Pakistan for aiding terrorists against India after General Musharraf’s statement.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “For a change he spoke the truth… If they at all are really interested in fighting terror, sometimes they should also raise voice… They should really make these people available to India because they have committed heinous crimes here.”
He said now that the former Pakistani president has made very clear that they have given support to Dawood Ibrahim and given shelter earlier, “Pakistan understands responsibility and should hand over Dawood and other people who all are required in India.”
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval took a dig at General Musharraf’s statement saying, “Jaise hero honge, waise hi log honge” (people will always be like their heroes).
When asked about it, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit did not respond and merely said, “I will talk about these issues later.”
Former Indian Army chief VP Malik said the truth has come out now that how Musharraf was trying to deceive people both within and outside his country.
Army’s retired Maj Gen GD Bakshi said there is official sanction to whatever the former Pakistan President has said and termed his statement as a “bland admission that Pakistan raised and trained the Taliban”.
BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Pakistan has been exposed after the revelations and the party’s stand towards Pakistan also stood vindicated that it has established terror factories against India.
Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said after General Musharraf’s statement on Osama bin Laden and terror outfits, it is clear that Pakistan is the home of terrorism.