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India playing dangerous games in Pak: Musharraf

K J M Varma in Islamabad | September 20, 2003 21:54 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has accused India of playing 'dangerous games' in Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan, which could provoke Pakistani retaliation and raise the spectre of a nuclear conflict.

"They must know that we can retaliate in a big way and they should know that," an agitated Musharraf told Canadian
newspaper Toronto Star in an interview published on Saturday.

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"They should never presume that they can do things and they can go unchecked," he said, adding that the "risk of full-fledged conflict with India can never be ruled out in South Asia."

He, however, denied that Pakistan is planning a nuclear war against India. "No sane person can ever sit and plan that there will be a nuclear confrontation...we must never even think of that," he said in his characteristic blow hot, blow
cold style.

"However, what is dangerous is whether there will be a conflict between India and Pakistan which can then lead on to a nuclear exchange," he said in the interview, published ahead of Musharraf's visit to Canada on September 25.

Musharraf also warned that Islamic extremists are perverting their faith by waging reckless holy wars across the globe. He accused religious militants of violating Islamic tenets and called on fellow Muslims at the highest level to renounce terrorist acts perpetrated in the name of their religion.

"The extremists have taken it upon themselves to declare jihad all around the world, and this is not their will be total chaos if every second man can get up and start calling for jihad," he said.

He admitted that Osama bin Laden may be flitting back and forth across the porous Pakistani border, but insisted that his army is doing everything to track him down.

"From the dress that he's wearing, I draw the conclusion that he could be crossing borders on both sides. Because this is a dress which is typical Pathan dress," he said. "On both sides [of the border] similar caps and dress are worn. So, therefore, I think the possibility of his switching from this side to the other is there."

Musharraf dismissed criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that Pakistan is not cracking down hard on Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. He argued that much of the fault lies with Afghanistan's unstable political climate.


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Sub: What a big nonsense !!!!!!

Sitting in the lap of the Neanderthaal this stupid general is playing all sorts of dangerous games himself against the whole world of kaffirs, including ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: Don't u dare 2

Look who is talking...after declaring open war of terrorist against india now u claim to be a moderaties and calling them extremist... Dont u dare ...

Posted by Vikas Rana

Sub: Sane person ??!

Says Prez. Mush, "No sane person can ever sit and plan that there will be a nuclear confrontation.." Thats the danger folks.. Prez.Mush is insane ...

Posted by Kader

Sub: games

General what game is India Playing . cricket or Football u must tell that?

Posted by dean

Sub: musharraf

Mushaarraf is notoriuos for giving war threats.He is mentally unfit to be a president of any country except Pakistan.However India must watch his moves very ...



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