NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri made startling revelations on India Today Television on Monday.Speaking exclusively to Karan Thapar on his show To The Point, Kasuri claimed after 26/11 terror attacks, India had planned airstrikes in Pakistan to target Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Muridke.
Kasuri claimed that a US delegation led by former US presidential candidate John McCain had met him in the aftermath of 26/11 terror attacks expressing apprehensions that India may carry out surgical airstrikes at the headquarters of terror outfits JuD and LeT near Lahore.
Kasuri said the delegation which also included Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan had visited Lahore.He quoted McCain as saying: “We have come from India where there is a lot of anger.Supposing there is limited strike on Muridke, the headquarters of JuD’.
According to Kasuri, he told McCain that the Pakistani army will give a “measured” response in case of a strike inside its territory.Kasuri claimed he told them to ask the Pentagon to talk to Pakistani Army headquarters directly.In the interview, the former minister also revealed plenty on the Pakistan-India back channel talks on Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek issue.He detailed the agreements on demilitarisation and self-governance in Kashmir, among other revelations.
Kasuri also confirmed the Pakistan army and ISI were supportive of a treaty of peace, friendship and security between the two countries.”We didn’t want borders to divide territories.We looked at the interest of Kashmiris, Kashmiris wanted demilitarisation,” Kasuri said.In the interview, he said, the Sir Creek agreement was decided and only needed signing.
On the issue of Siachen, he said that India had accepted Pakistan’s proposal and an in-principle deal was in sight.