The inclusion of the US in the Middle East peace process is not acceptable to the Muslim world, as the Americans always supported Israel, former president Pervez Musharraf said.

Musharraf was referring to a recent three-way summit of US President Barack Obama, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.

Delivering a lecture at a university in the US, telecast on Dunya News on Sunday, Musharraf said Israel would object to the inclusion of a non-Arab country in the Middle East peace process. He said a joint international forum, consisting of Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and the European Union, could help push the process between the Palestinians and the Israelis in the right direction.

He said there was a need to address the issue of Jerusalem, the construction of Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory and the issue of the (Palestinian) refugees.

The former president said a give-and-take policy was best for any successful peace deal, adding that peace was necessary for the development of any society, and he had always demanded trade, not aid, of the US and the Europeans for economic prosperity.

Musharraf said his political decline began in 2007 when he submitted a reference against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry before the Supreme Judicial Council. He said his reference against the chief justice was legitimate and constitutional.

To a question on his regime’s peace agreements with the Taliban, Musharraf said the Taliban had misled his administration.

He said on one hand, the Taliban negotiated with the Pakistani government on the implementation of the Nizam-e-Adl, while on the other, they called the country’s constitution un-Islamic.

Daily Times