Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday stated the Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammed ( JeM ) was a panic outfit but indicated that his country’s mindhad used it to perform attacks in India during his time.
Making the disclosure in a telephonic interview to Pakistani journalist Nadeem Malik of Hum News in his speak show , Musharraf also welcomed the action against the JeM , stating it had tried to assassinate them twice in December 2003 , as per a video clip discussed on the journalist’s Facebook and Twitter page.
Amid mounting international pressure after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan on Tuesday detained 44 members of the banned militant outfits, including Azhar’s son and brother.
“This is a good move. I have always said that the JeM is a terrorist organisation and they only had carried out a suicide attack in an attempt to assassinate me. Action should be taken against them,” Mr. Musharraf said.
When asked why he had not taken action against the organisation during his stint in power, he claimed those times were “different”. Both India and Pakistan were involved in a clandestine struggle, “carrying out bombings in each other’s territory”, he said, adding his country’s intelligence agencies were engaged in it.