Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has called on India to not ‘overreact’ to the terror strike on the Pathankot IAF base saying that both nations were victims of extremism and also accused New Delhi of creating pressure on Islamabad over terrorism.
Speaking in an interview to a local news channel, Musharraf said that terrorism was prevalent in both India and Pakistan due to which incidents like Pathankot would keep happening.
“Terrorism is prevalent in both India and Pakistan. We are also victims of the same so we should not over react to what happened in Pathankot. Yes, of course we want to control such incidents, but one should get hyper over such incidents,” Musharraf said.
“India’s first reaction to every terrorist attack is Pakistan but India is not free of terrorism or extremism themselves,” he added.
Accusing New Delhi of creating pressure on Islamabad when it came to terror attacks, the former President alleged that terrorism and extremism was quite prevalent in India as well.
“India simply can’t create pressure on Pakistan when it comes to terrorism. We may be a small country but we have honour of our own. There are lots of areas in India where extremism is rampant. India always treats terrorism as a one-sided issue and that infuriates me. They can’t just bulldoze us when something happens there,” Musharraf said.
He also said that there was a lot of ‘disgruntlement’ among the Muslim community in India since Prime Minister Modi came to power.