Musharraf and alienation

Musharraf and alienation
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First Published: Sun, Mar 08 2009. 11 47 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Mar 08 2009. 11 47 PM IST
As always, Pervez Musharraf has got it wrong. The former president of Pakistan, on a visit to India these days, created ripples while speaking to a Delhi audience on Saturday night.
The general reportedly made a comment that one of the reasons for terrorism in India was the sense of alienation felt by Muslims in the country. He received a rebuke from a leader present on the occasion. Musharraf was told that India’s Muslims could solve their own problems.
The point may be hard to understand for an individual who as a senior Pakistani military leader believed that Kashmir could be wrested from India by force of arms. One can be sure that such wrong-headed notions had a role to play in the support to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. In hindsight, is it any surprise that the Kashmir “problem” could not be solved while he was at the helm of affairs in Pakistan?
His remarks should not be viewed as those of an individual alone. He comes from an institution that refuses to believe that Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India.
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First Published: Sun, Mar 08 2009. 11 47 PM IST