Thanks, but no thanks
The irony is palpable. Jihadi terrorists just killed 15 people, including two schoolchildren at a crowded market in Pulwama, in India’s Jammu & Kashmir state. But Musharraf says we should not be bothered, and Musharraf is, well, an honourable man.
Musharraf, speaking a day after a deadly car bombing in Kashmir, said nobody could stop the violence, which he vowed would not distract India and Pakistan from the peace process they have both described as irreversible.
“I think we should not be overly bothered about (the car bombing) and we should not allow it to affect the peace process,” Musharraf told Reuters in an interview during the first visit by a Pakistani president to Australia.
“I would go even to the extent of saying even if we reach peace and agreement, even after that there will be some extremists who may carry out such kind of extremist attacks. We should bear with that.”[Reuters emphasis added]
Who’s “we” ? Gen Musharraf can afford not be ‘overly bothered’ about the killing of fifteen people and the maiming of scores of others. But it speaks volumes of the manner in which India has allowed Pakistan to escape blame for nurturing the jihadi monster that instead of condemning the act of terrorism or expressing regret over those killed, all the Musharraf can say is to advise India to grin and bear it. Would he dare to be as dismissive as this when asked about jihadi attacks on American interests?
Dr Manmohan Singh’s government went overboard when it announced that the India-Pakistan peace process is irreversible. That was way too premature and allowed Musharraf to squeeze out of the box he found himself after 9/11 brought Pakistan’s role as a frontline sponsor of terrorism to the fore.
Both India and Pakistan will enjoy the benefits of peace, but the price of that peace cannot be paid by India alone. Apart from appearing to drop claims and delusions, there is precious little that Pakistan has brought to the table. The least Musharraf could do is not belittle the deaths of victims of terrorists that Pakistan helped create.