Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf has said there was a bias between the treatment of India and Pakistan when it came to the possession of nuclear assets.
The former president and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in an interview with Voice of America claimed that when he was in power, India and Pakistan were on the “path of reconciliation”, but that is not the case anymore, the daily reported.
Mr Musharraf said the US “ditches” Pakistan when convenient, and favours India instead. “Nobody asks India to control their (nuclear) assets. No one questions India’s possession of nuclear threats. Pakistan became a nuclear state because India posed an undeniable existential threat,” he said.
The 74-year-old retired general, who is facing high treason charges, has been living in Dubai since last year when he was allowed to leave Pakistan for medical treatment. Musharraf claimed that a four-point initiation of peace was strategised by the former president and was put in implementation by the leadership of both countries.
According to the news daily, Mr Musharraf recalled how he had worked out a four-point peace formula to solve Siachen and Kashmir disputes between the two nuclear neighbours.
He said Pak-US relations have suffered quite a blow and are currently at “the lowest ebb”.