India on Wednesday said former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf's statement that Pakistan trained militant underground groups to fight against India in Kashmir is a widely accepted fact.
"His assertions only confirm the veracity of what we have been repeatedly saying over the years," said Vishnu Prakash, spokesperson of the MEA on Wednesday.
"This is precisely why India has sought a firm and abiding commitment from Pakistan that it will not allow its territory and territory under its control to be used for the aiding and abetting of terrorist activity directed against India ...," he added.
In an interview to Der Spiegel, General Musharraf said militant groups "were indeed formed" to fight India in Kashmir. He had said: "The government turned a blind eye because they wanted India to discuss Kashmir."
The BJP asked the government to factor Musharraf’s statement, saying that its assessment stood vindicated.
"The confession of former Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf is a vindication of the BJP’s stand that terrorism in India is basically cross-border terrorism, which is sponsored by Pakistan," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said.
He added, "The BJP demands that the government should factor in these revelations by Musharraf while formulating its Pakistan policy."