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India wants an anti-Pak Afghanistan: Musharraf

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf charged today that arch-rival India seeks to "create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan" as part of a bid to dominate South Asia politically and economically.

world Updated: Oct 07, 2011 01:21 IST

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf charged today that arch-rival India seeks to "create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan" as part of a bid to dominate South Asia politically and economically.

Musharraf said Afghanistan sends its intelligence staff, diplomats and soldiers to India where they are "indoctrinated against Pakistan," something he said India must stop and the United States should be concerned about.

"In Afghanistan, there is some kind of a proxy conflict going on between Pakistan and India," Musharraf told a leadership forum sponsored by the Atlantic media corporation. "India is trying to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan." It's ambition, he said, is to "have a weak Pakistan so that it can be dominated, so that it doesn't have any confrontationist attitude which doesn't go well with India's vision of dominating the region."

Musharraf said he understood that India does not seek to take over Pakistan militarily, but rather it wants to dominate Pakistan in the area of foreign policy, economic policy, trade and commerce. "That is how you suppress, you control or dominate another country," according to the former army chief who seized power in a 1999 bloodless coup and resigned as president in 2008.