Former Pakistani President Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf charged the international community of courting India for strategic deals, while treating Pakistan as a rogue state.

“Everybody is interested in strategic deals with India, but Pakistan is always seen as the rogue,” Musharraf said in an interview with influential German magazine Der Spiegel.

“The West blames Pakistan for everything. Nobody asks the Indian prime minister, why did you arm your country with a nuclear weapon? Why are you killing innocent civilians in Kashmir? Nobody was bothered that Pakistan got split in 1971 because of India’s military involvement. The United States and Germany gave statements, but they didn’t mean anything,” the former military ruler noted.

Musharraf slammed the international community, particularly the West, for persistently ignoring the Kashmir issue, and for singling out Pakistan for all blames.

“The West was ignoring the resolution of the Kashmir issue, which is the core issue of Pakistan. We expected the West – especially the United States and important countries like Germany – to resolve the Kashmir issue. Has Germany done that?” Musharraf told the German magazine when asked about lingering Kashmir issue.

While replying to a question about incumbent army chief he remarked, ‘I made him chief of the army, because I thought that he was the best man for the job’.

The former President also said that the times of military takeovers in Pakistan are over and the latest developments have shown that the Supreme Court has set a bar on itself not to validate a military coup.



The retired army chief earlier said Pakistan’s military should be given a constitutional role in the turbulent politics of the nuclear-armed nation, where the government is struggling to tackle rampant militancy and a crumbling economy.

When asked, what did the United States offer you in exchange for nukes?

He said, ‘I would be a traitor if I had ever given our nuclear weapons to the United States. This capability is our pride and it will never be compromised’.

Commenting on rise of extremism and Afghan problem he noted, the West made three blunders so far: After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, they abandoned the region in 1989. Then, after 9/11, they fought the Taliban instead of strengthening the Pashtuns who could have taken on the radical Taliban. Now you try to negotiate with so-called “moderate Taliban,” but there is no such thing as a moderate Taliban. There are Taliban and Pashtuns. But as I have always said: All Taliban are Pashtun, but not all Pashtun people are Taliban. Again, you should reinforce the ancient Pashtun clans who are not ideologically aligned with the Taliban to govern Afghanistan and to fight the Taliban. That’s my strong advice.

“The fourth and worst blunder would be to quit without winning. Then militancy will prevail not only in Pakistan, India and Kashmir, but perhaps also in Europe, the United Kingdom and in the United States. That’s my belief.”

Rejecting claim by Dr Abdul Qadeer that the Pakistani army monitored and organized deals with countries like North Korea and Iran he said; ‘That is wrong, absolutely wrong. Mr. Khan is a characterless man.’

When asked about the current crisis in Pakistan he said, ‘I do not want to comment on the present government, but everybody can see what they are doing. Pakistan is experiencing a deep economic decline — in other areas, as well. Law and order are in jeopardy, extremism is on the rise and there is political turmoil. The non-performance of an elected government is the issue’.

Answering a question on dangers on homecoming he said, no risk, no gain. We unfortunately have a culture of vendetta and vindictiveness in Pakistan. But there is no case of corruption or fraud or anything against me at the moment. My political opponents, especially Nawaz Sharif, would love to create a case against me — that I am corrupt or have committed fraud or some such. They do their best to achieve that, but they haven’t succeeded. Even if they did, I would reply in court. Risks need to be taken.

Musharraf has launched himself into Pakistan politics by announcing his own political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). He says he is doing groundwork to return to Pakistan to participate in elections due in 2013.