Laden, Taliban Our Hero, Says Musharraf

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Islamabad: In an explosive revelation former president and army chief of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf puncturing the countries claim pf its war against terrorism has bluntly accepted that terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba were trained by Pakistan to carry out attacks against India in Kashmir.

In an interview with a Pakistan’s Duniya TV, Musharraf said that ‘religious militancy’ was started by Pakistan and it was only which has Pakistan brought militants from all over the world to fight against Soviet forces.

Calling Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Haqqani as heroes, Musharraf said Pakistan gave heroic welcome to these militants when they returned to Pakistan after the end of Soviet war.

“We introduced ‘religious militancy’ to flush out Soviets. We brought Mujahideens from all all over the world. We trained Taliban, gave them weapon and sent them for war and they (militants) were our heroes. Osama bin Laden and Haqqani were our heroes,” said Musharraf.

Musharraf said that Pakistan trained and supported Lashkar-e-Taiba to carry out militancy in Kashmir.

“We gave Lashkar terrorist a heroic welcome. We trained and supported them. They were our heroes. They fought very well in Kashmir,” said Musharraf.

“But now the time has changed. People who were heroes then, have now become villain. Religious militancy has now become militancy. Now we also are a victim of terrorism,” added Musharraf.

However, Musharraf, at the end of the interview said that the terrorists, who were once supported by Pakistan, have become a threat to the country and needed to be dealt strongly.

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