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Musharaff accuses India of fomenting trouble

PTI  New Delhi, March 07, 2009
First Published: 23:40 IST(7/3/2009) | Last Updated: 01:11 IST(8/3/2009)

A combative audience at a conclave in New Delhi on Saturday cornered former President Pervez Musharraf over terrorism emanating from Pakistan but the aggressive leader accused Indian agencies of fomenting trouble in his country.

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He also asked India to "overcome the burden of history" and not indulge in blaming each other but move forward with the peace process started during his tenure at the helm of affairs in Pakistan.

Musharraf also evaded a direct reply to a query on shielding underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan as also the presence of terrorist camps in his country.

Speaking at a Conclave, he claimed that India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) were helping militants based in Afghanistan spread trouble in Pakistan.

"We have to accept the reality. Your RAW does exactly what the ISI does. My request is let us tackle RAW and ISI to stop this confrontation," he said.

He also claimed that the Kashmir issue was not created by Pakistan. "It started in 1947 as a peaceful struggle. It was not started by Pakistan in 1989," Musharraf said.


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