Islamabad – Former dictator of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf made a brazen confession by saying that the Pakistani intelligence agency used Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to carry out attacks in India. Musharraf made the statement during an interview with a Pakistani news channel. Therefore, the Pakistani military which claimed that Jaish was not present in Pakistan, has once again fallen on its face. It only proves that the action Pakistan had said it initiated against the terrorist organisations to save its skin was nothing but an eyewash.
After the cowardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, Pakistan has many times changed its narrative and stand. The Pakistan Prime Minister had assured to initiate action if India provided evidence for the attack. Later on, following India’s submission of a dossier with evidence, Pakistan created a façade of starting proceedings against the terrorist organisations to pacify India and to ease the international pressure on it. Accordingly, 122 persons, comprising of terrorists and terror suspects were detained and these also include close relatives of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Likewise, Pakistan had said it took action against some of the Madrasas the extremists were operating.
Nevertheless, the Pakistani agencies did not dare to arrest Masood Azhar, the chief of JeM, an outfit which has been declared as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by many countries. Instead, Azhar is protected by Pakistani forces to safeguard him against any possible Indian aggression.
The reason behind Pakistan’s behaviour comes forth through Musharraf’s statements. During an interview with a Pakistani news channel, the former dictator shamelessly admitted that the Pakistani intelligence agencies used Jaish and other terrorist organisations to carry out terror attacks in India. Despite the admittance, Musharraf openly claimed that Jaish was a terrorist organisation. Also, Musharraf stated that the action Pakistan was taking against Jaish was only just, with a reminder that the terror outfit had also attempted to attack him. He expressed satisfaction over it. When asked why he had not taken action against the terror outfit during his tenure, he tried to defend himself saying that those times were ‘different’. Albeit, Musharraf’s disclosure has raised concerns over the current action Pakistan alleges to have initiated.
Under India’s pressure, Jaish chief Masood Azhar expressed deep regret in a recently released audio clip over the Pakistani government’s action against his terror organisations. Additionally, he threatened Pakistan that if his brethren in Pakistan belonging to his religion were infuriated, it would cause an explosion. Jaish’s influence over Pakistan is demonstrated from the inaction of then President General Pervez Musharraf despite being attacked. It is, therefore, clear that the Pakistan government action on JeM is only to put an end the criticism directed at it and has no value whatsoever. Besides, no other reaction could be expected from the Pakistan military, which has been emphasising that Jaish was not present in the country. Moreover, Musharraf’s admission makes evident the futility in believing the promises of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, recognised as a puppet of the Pakistan military.