Musharraf Interview: ‘No idea of Dawood Ibrahim’s location’

Published: November 17, 2011

Musharraf tells NDTV that the Pakistani and Indian perspectives on Dawood Ibrahim are different.PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LONDON: Former president and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf said that he did not know whether or not Dawood Ibrahim, accused of being a terrorist by the US and India, is in Pakistan.

In an interview with NDTV on Tuesday, Musharraf said that the Pakistani perspective is that Dawood Ibrahim is a man to be held in high esteem and that the “situation is complicated”.

“They (Pakistanis) think that he did a very good job… Because Indians killed 3,000 Gujrati Muslims… Therefore, Ibrahim reacted. So he is held in high esteem. This is what happens in Pakistan.”

India believes that Ibrahim masterminded the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai in which at least 250 people were killed and 700 injured.

Musharraf added that he does not think that terrorism is an appropriate reaction to the Gujrat massacre, but maintained that Indian and Pakistani perspectives on Ibrahim are different.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2011. 

Reader Comments (81)

  • call me crazy
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:22PM

    hey pakistanis dont take my comment the wrong way many of u are nice people but seriously when a country provides shelter to the likes of OBL,dawood ibrahim ect,do u really blame rest of the world when we call ur country the international sponsor of terror.

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  • call me crazy
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:25PM

    btw in gujarat riots 254 hindus and 794 musims were killed,the figure of 3000 is preposterous,violence was a 2 way street.

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  • Fasih Khan
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:30PM

    India’s Terrorist Actions have Terrorist Re-Actions. As Simple As That.

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  • Ali
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:35PM

    We do not hold any terrorist in esteem… maybe Mushy’s generation did but the younger generation do not… If this guys is in Pakistan and is going to be an irritant in our relationship with India we should send him back… people who cause trouble in our neighbouring countries should not be welcomed in Pakistan as this is against our long term national interest. It is in our interest that our neighbours are peaceful and prosperous… if there are people amongst us who do not wish our neighbours to be in peace then we as Pakistanis should act ot have them removed from our society and we should dissassociate with them.

    Our friendship with our neighbours should be held in higher esteem and given more value than these good for nothing gangsters and terrorists!

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  • Najeeb Mujahid
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:44PM

    So, Gujarat riots happened in 2002 and the Mumbai blasts happened in 1993. So, how does Musharraf think Dawood avenged Gujarat in 93?

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  • Fortune Cookie
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:45PM

    A snake reamins a snake. The only time its handler realises it is when he is bitten.

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  • SalSal
    Nov 16, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Well India provides shelter to Baloch separatists leaders and pakhtun separatists leaders in India. So I don’t understand what’s the big deal in Pakistan giving shelter to Dawood.

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  • kemal
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:12PM

    Only till a couple of years ago I didn’t even know who Dawood Ibrahim was…never mind holding him in high esteem.

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 5:12PM

    How many Pakistanis even know who Ibrahim is? Spare us while you make your absurd comments.Recommend

  • Jack
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:20PM

    What has this guy been smoking? The 1993 blasts happened 8 years before the Gujarat riots – where some 200 hindus and 800 muslims were killed. Secondly, Dawood Ibrahim runs a crime syndicate from Karachi, its not like he has been doing social service in Pakistan after ‘taking revenge’ for a future Gujarat. Another funny fact that was reported in ToI was about Dawood looking for a burial plot in Mumbai – of course, with ToI, any absurd snippet is newsworthy. I must say that you guys have really good newspapers.Recommend

  • Su 30MKI
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:21PM

    I dont understand, how come “D” take venge for a crime happened in 2003, when mumbai blast happened in 1993.or is he referring to Babri Masjid demolition…i dont know..or is it Mr Mush is suffering from memory loss..holding such people has been the practice of this society…We have seen that many times in rallies organized by JuD…Now i am awaiting a response from pak citizen saying JuD is a charity organization..when UN itself declared it as vertebral arm of LeT…And they still wonder, why one is visiting their country for a cricket match ? Not even Afghans…They might know the violence in Afghan is lesser compared to Pakistan..
    Whatever, once in a while Mr Mush do speak some truth, its not intentional, its occassional..Thanks sir !Recommend

  • Moiz
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:30PM

    What Najeed said. Does anyone know?

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 5:32PM

    @call me crazy:

    Bro – Of course People like Mushraff don’t speak for us just like People who massacred Muslims in Gujrat don’t speak for India

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  • yahza
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:33PM

    at least he has the guts to speak the truth……Recommend

  • Khan
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:35PM

    No one cares about Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan … Sir are you just trying to be in the lime light or what? We really respect you for what you have done for our economy, education and media besides other developments but I find it really appalling to read some of your statements. May be its because you are from previous (Zia’s era) generation?
    @call me crazy:
    Well you said we sheltered OBL & DI … do you have any proof for that? Or just because one of those people were in Pakistan that means we sheltered one of them? Why don’t you blame India for letting him get away? after all he was living in India wasn’t he? Why don’t you guys blame your previous government then instead of baseless saying we shelter him just because your media says so.
    Regarding OBL He was living in Afghanistan and the people who came to get him, didn’t block his escape route at a time when over 3 million people were crossing over to Pakistan through our eastern border which was not manned by any security personnel in last 65 years or so. Why didn’t those people who claimed to have spent trillions of dollars and were observing every moving thing via satellites, let him escape that easily?
    Regarding Gujrat riots … its not about how many thousand innocent people got killed but the real problem is How come a sitting chief minister ordered his security agencies and police to sit quiety and watch only when some innocent civilians were getting killed .. leave alone the religions aside, Why is that person still in government and not held responsible for his crimes? and why are people still voting such beast? After all isn’t that the same reason Saddam & Qadafi got killed?

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  • Joe Bloggs
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:35PM

    All this “non-state actors” garbage is unraveling now. It is obvious that the powers that be were very aware of what these non-state actors were up to.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:40PM

    This is the most clear proof India will ever get of Dawood , the fugitive killer, is protected by the state in Pakistan. India is fool to think Pakistan state is corrigible.Recommend

  • Fasih Khan
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:46PM

    @call me crazy: And how about the country who has Modi & Farooq Abdullah Maloun as a CM of a State(s). That’s a Country making Terrorists.Recommend

  • Fasiha
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:57PM

    Musharraf has gone senile. How can he say Ibrahim is held in high esteem, who gave him the authority to speak on the behalf of the Pakistanis. We certainly do not hold an underworld don in high esteem. Musharraf should only speak for himself.

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  • Patrick
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:07PM

    @Najeeb Mujahid
    Spot on Najeeb !

    Dawood Ibrahim is a criminal.

    Also, Mumbai is 20% muslim, 1% Parsi, 2%Sikhs, 1%Christian and rest Hindus, so any train blast or terror activity is going to kill 20 Muslims for evey 70(Innocent|) Hindus killed.
    (In the 26/11 massace in Mumbai, out of 166 people killed 40 were Muslim!)
    How does mr Musharraf justify that ? nothing ‘complicated’ about this, IT IS WRONG!

    During Mumbai gang wars his group killed dozens of muslims(along with others) who tried to stand up to him so if pakistan holds gangsters and murderers in ‘high esteem’ then one has to ask what moral compass is this supposedly religious and pious society is following !.

    Every person with common sense knows that no matter how much you dislike your neighbour, you do not give shelter to people cause mayhem in your neighbour’s house, since one day it is going to backfire on you!Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Mushraff should use the word Pakistani’s sparingly, because he definetly doesn’t speak for me or anyone else, Pakistani or otherwise, who has any respect for Human life.

    Also for someone who claimed to shout slogans of “Pakistan First” and who as yet to return in 3.5. years, Musharaff is hardly the best Barometer to ask who or what Pakistani’s hold in high esteem. The fact that he is still being interviewed by Tv channels is absurd because Mushraff is irrelevant in Pakistani politics and deservingly so.

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  • G. Din
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:16PM

    @Najeeb Mujahid:
    “So, Gujarat riots happened in 2002 and the Mumbai blasts happened in 1993. So, how does Musharraf think Dawood avenged Gujarat in 93?”
    You had to go and rake up the truth, didn’t you? In such matters, logic does not work!

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  • bahraini
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:17PM

    @Ali:
    It”s people like you who are a threat to democracy and freedom. You use your right to comment but when others state their views that you don’t agree with you want them banished. That’s hypocrisy.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:19PM

    This guy stated officially as a President that both OBL and Dawood aren’t in Pakistan. And all the while both of them were under army protection. Dawood was in fact moving around openly.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:22PM

    Musharraf being the former President of Pakistan hence his statement shows the mindset of people of this country and no wonder they are suffering a great deal from those (since Dawood is a declared terrorist) whom they hold in high esteem. A shameful statement which needs to be condemned by all especially Pakistanis.

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  • ishtiaq
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:30PM

    There are 500,000 Terrorists in Kashmir, who killed 90,000 kashmiries. India has a Govt that supported the gujrat riots. Indians should talk about these terrorist also.Recommend

  • Ashish
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:31PM

    @Ali:
    Completely Agree these few irritants shouldnt be encouraged on both side to create trouble for normal people.no act of voilence can justify terrorism, I appriciat the view and thought of Ali.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:33PM

    So he is held in high esteem. This is
    what happens in Pakistan

    So, conversely, does it mean that Pakistanis hold “Tiger” Niazi (Who is responsible for million deaths in 1971) in very low esteem? Going by the scale of crime, you should. But, did you?

    Selective application of “principles” is called hypocrisy/opportunism.Recommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:36PM

    @SalSal:

    Well India provides shelter to Baloch
    separatists leaders and pakhtun
    separatists leaders in India

    Sir, Dawood is in Karachi right now. So tell me where all these “Baloch separatists leaders and pakhtun separatists leaders” are in India.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Pakistanis hold a wanted Criminal by Interpol in high esteem? And you guys still wonder why the rest of the world consider you to be the epicenter of terrorism.

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  • Khurram
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:39PM

    Only a Criminal would hold another Criminal in high esteem.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:40PM

    @SalSal: So I don’t understand what’s the big deal in Pakistan giving shelter to Dawood.
    Is that a confirmation that Dawood, indeed, is in Pakistan? Mian Musharraf, the ex-President of Pakistan caught lying again!
    That will be all. Thank you!

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 6:40PM

    @Fasih Khan:

    So, China kills Muslims in Xinjiang. I dont see no “Terror Reactions” on that front. The reason is simple: hate. Who ever is anti-India and kills Indians is popular in Pakistan.

    Taliban have killed more Muslims, that too in Mosques, than India ever can, but still Pakistani politicians refuse to condemn them. Get your priorities straight and dont you dare interfere in our affairs.

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 6:42PM

    @SalSal:

    Name one leader who is in India. Even Pakistani Government hasn’t made such accusations, even its military hasn’t when Musharaff was at the helm. Please do tell us how do you know this when the Pak Government itself does not.

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 6:46PM

    Wait, 1993 bomb blasts happened 10 years before any riot in Gujarat. How can Pakistanis admire Dawood because of that?

    I think what he meant to say is the 1991 Babri Masjid demolition, or it was a misquote.

    OK, even if Pakistanis think Dawood avenged a collapse of a building, at the end of the day, by killing 300 innocent Indian citizens, many of them Muslims and among them women and Children, then they do deserve what they are getting today. Karma is a you-know-what!

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  • Saif Amin
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:50PM

    @SalSal: I almost fell over reading your comment! LolRecommend

  • jp
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:57PM

    How can our dumb head barkha dutt (NDTV) can accept the explanation given by Musharaf that Mumbai blast (1993) was the result of Gujarat Riots of 2002 ???

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  • H Khan (Pakistan)
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:05PM

    He also thought he was the most popular leader in Pakistan right at a time when most of the people in Pakistan hated him and wanted him to leave.
    He is just an old dictator who is still disconnected from reality and is just looking for headlines.
    Killers of innocent people are not held in high esteem by the vast majority of Pakistanis.
    This dictator just doesnt represent the people of Pakistan.
    Dictators like him dont represent the people. PERIOD.Recommend

  • HS
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:06PM

    Absolute Crap ! both acts were perpetrated by terrorists who deserve no mercy.

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  • Straight_Talk
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @Ali: The spirit of your comment is what makes some people still believe that perhaps peace is possible in future. But i have an irritant there. Did you use the word ——– ” IF”. ” If this guys is in Pakistan …………… “. I like it when a Pakistani talks like that. Because i believe this is what Pakistan is all about. I tell you Ali, i am not among those ” some people ” i mentioned in the first line. I find good relations with Pakistan very very difficult. We are so natural enemies, aren’t we ?

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  • Straight_Talk
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:19PM

    @SalSal: Why don’t you ask your government to admit that you brave man ? You should help your government with your gift of commonsense.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:36PM

    A shameful statement by the former President backing a known terroist accused of killing innocent civilians in India.

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  • awais
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:38PM

    @najeeb,

    Gujrat had multiple riots dude. The first one was in 1993. Go get some high school histroty lessons please!

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  • Aryan
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:41PM

    @Natasha:
    Do you know Javed Miandad? They are in-laws.

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  • awais
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:43PM

    @ Najeeb and all others who seem to jump in and comment without knowing anything!

    Gujrat had multiple riots. In 1980, 1982, 1990, 1992-93 and so on. Unfortunately when a Muslim gets massacred, we tend to ignore it. Dawood is just the creation of these unjust massacres of innocent muslims in India with no justice for the victims.

    About the same situation Pakistan is facing because of drone strikes that kills 10s of civilians just because their neighbour was a terrorist.

    Be reasonable and neutral and you will find answers to your confusions!

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  • narayana murthy
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:51PM

    So, Logically speaking, Dawood Ibrahim can see the future.

    Cuz, he killed Indians in 1993 in retaliation for what happened in 2002.

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  • Manju
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:53PM

    @Ali Ahmad:

    1) Oh you forgot to mention that along with Indian Muslims, Indian Hindus were also killed and apparently it was a provocation by the Indian Muslim first. So, basically it is an Indian issue which will be dealt by Indian Muslims and Hindus. you don’t exactly qualify to comment on the topic..

    2) Dawood Ibrahim on the other hand was an Indian unfortunately who turned a smuggler, extortionist & underworld don of Mumbai before Pakistan caught hold of him and turned him into a terrorist. If you would mind/dare to ask this question to Mushy may be a little sincere bone in him will start crying for the filth it has created!

    Aur pure duniya ke musalmano ka theka lena band karo aur apni khabar lo.. Recommend

  • Paan Sen
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:05PM

    @ishtiaq: The cycle ov violence was started by your people when they killed kashmiri pundits you seem to forget that.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:07PM

    @R S JOHAR: I beg to modify your comment. Mush does not show the mindset of people. Pakistanis did not know about DI or OBL and his presence in military town. Pakistani people are innocent, peace loving and not as agressive as the usurpers of power like Zia and Mush. The more they talk the more they are exposed. So much for the enlightened outlook of dictator Mush.
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  • Amjad
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:08PM

    No Dawood Ibrahim is not held in high esteem by Pakistanis! Most of us don’t care what is or isn’t going on in Gujarat, India because it is not in our country. Maybe Musharraf cares about what is going on in India since his family comes from India but you forget most Pakistanis are native and not from India. We do not support Dawood or any other Indian criminal regardless of his religion. Musharraf is out of tune with Pakistanis which is why he should stay in London.

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  • Ali
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:20PM

    @bahraini:

    It”s people like you who are a threat to democracy and freedom. You use your right to comment but when others state their views that you don’t agree with you want them banished. That’s hypocrisy.

    Please read again what I wrote. I didn’t ask for Musharraf to be banished i asked for these terrorists and gangsters to be banished!

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  • gp65
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:29PM

    Dawood’s atack happened in 1993, Gujarat riots in 2002. SO his attacs could not have been a reaction. I am very surprised hat Barkha Dutt did not pick up on this logical fallacy.
    59 Hindu pilgrims were burnt alive by Muslims in Godhra. The Gujarat riots were in reaction to that. Imagine what would happen in Pakistan if 59 Hajj pilgrims were burnt alive by Hindus.
    790 Muslims and 250 Hindus dies in the post Godhra riots in Gujarat. The 3000 number by Musharraf is grossly exaggerated.
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  • ethicalman
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:41PM

    So,Dawaod daughter is married to Javed Miandad son..still the pakistanis don’t know about it..and DI took revenge of 2002 riots in 1993 ..wow that’s special..
    Dawoo lives in Karachi Clifton road. Even Headlines today showed his house in secret with the help of a Pakistani reporter. Nothing new you guys denying it..keep it up !!Recommend

  • Ayaz Munir
    Nov 16, 2011 - 8:41PM

    @Call me Crazy
    You said that there were 794 Muslims killed in Gujarat , thats something your Government is trying to hide , Many Indians themselves accept killings of thousands of Muslims & many international organizations estimtae the death toll of Muslims to be as high as 5000Recommend

  • Raj
    Nov 16, 2011 - 9:04PM

    @Ishtiaq – Let’s for the sake of discussion agree that there are 500000 terrorists in Kashmir employed by India government. By the same logic then one can say that bulk of Kashmiri population are terrorists as they drove the 700000 Kashmiri Pundits from Kashmir and killed another 300000 who are indigenous people of Kashmir. And should that assumption be a correct one? No it’s not because we know atrocities committed by few thousands of militants does not represent the entire Kashmiri population. Similarly atrocities committed by few army personal does not represent Indian government or army policy for Kashmir.

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  • ethicalman
    Nov 16, 2011 - 9:06PM

    58 Hindu pilgrims out of which 34 were women and children were burnt alive by muslim mob which triggred the Gujrat riots..not justifying the riots in Gujrat but giving a clearer picture.Recommend

  • A Pakistani Christian
    Nov 16, 2011 - 9:24PM

    Pakistani Christians were attacked in Godra on alegations of blasphemy. In Mushafars opinion if a Christian had bombed in retaliation, he would be a hero. Terrorists and attackers are not defeated by killings, the law and the legal system has to take course. this man refused to accept the body of our soldiers killed in Kargil. A man who has taken the country into chaos, his irresponsible statments will do no good to Pakistan. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Nov 16, 2011 - 9:46PM

    @yahza:

    pakistanis who are saying that people inside pakistan, the vast majority, do not support the actions of dawood ibrahim are absurd, dumb, or blind. i dont know which one it is. no one supports killing civilians or terorrism, but the actions of dawood ibrahim, who is a criminal, are supported because of the negligence and laxity that the indians have shown when it came to butchering and slaughtering muslims. when pakistanis see that, they naturally feel a sense of revenge when dawood ibrahim is implicated in these bomb attacks. it doesnt have to be revenge, its the fact that he has been able to strike. remember, that though gujrat riots happened in 2002, the mumbai riots were in 92/93, and ibrahims actions were seen as revenge for those. thats what president musharraf is referring to i believe. Recommend

  • Noise
    Nov 16, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Im a Pakistani and I dont hold gangster like Dawood Ibrahim in high esteem. Musharraf needs to keep quiet. Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Nov 16, 2011 - 10:49PM

    @hamza khan: “… when pakistanis see that, they naturally feel a sense of revenge when dawood ibrahim is implicated in these bomb attacks. it doesnt have to be revenge, its the fact that he has been able to strike. …

    So you wouldn’t mind if we Indian Hindus did something in Pakistan to avenge the 3 Hindus killed in Sindh recently. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Nov 16, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Shame on you dictator, you never understand the people of Pakistan. We strongly hate and condemn a terrorist responsible for terrorist activities in our neighbours house.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 16, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Hindus have as many and more grieviences against the Pakistan state than Muslims may have againt Indian state. Now imagine a Hindu , kills hundreds of innocent Pakistanis in Pakistan , because of alleged crimes against Hindus in Pakistan and then flees to India.
    Can you imagine an Indian president or Prime-minister , serving or retired, saying that they hold the killer of Muslims in high esteem because he allegedly took revenge for killings of Hindus ?

    Unless Pakistanis understand the sheer venality and criminality ingrained in Musharraf’s argument and the evel it represents, there is little hope for Pakistan. Think again.

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  • Larry
    Nov 17, 2011 - 12:20AM

    For all Indians with love and just to make facts and figure straight – please read your own Indian newspapers and you would know how many Muslim children, women and men were killed and butchered by Hindu mobs (the real numbers are in thousands) and how many Muslim villages in Gujarat were completely razed by these blood thirsty Hindu fundamentalists. Even Muslim cemeteries were destroyed and with state backing were paved over by asphalts in days to eliminate the evidence completely. Please see Tahalka.com or similar news media reports.

    Sub-Continent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) was always ruled by outsiders, Moguls, Muslims from central Asia, Afghans, Arabs, and Iranians and recently by British……….. So please live with peace and harmony and enjoy your freedom before a new set of rulers take over this region once again. Especially for Indian Hindus this freedom shall be something to respect to a high esteem! If anything happens they will be the biggest loser. Cheers!

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  • let there be peace
    Nov 17, 2011 - 12:47AM

    Don’t blame Musharraf. He is only telling truth. It’s just that the meaning of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, good and evil, is different in Pakistan than rest of the humanity.

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  • ali
    Nov 17, 2011 - 12:49AM

    Deadwood..plz enjoy your retirement in UK.

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  • Cynical
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:10AM

    ‘Pakistanis hold Dawood Ibrahim in high esteem’

    What is the alternative? Do we have a choice?
    We don’t/can’t have a Md Bin Qasim or a Ghaznavi today.
    So we settle down with what is available.Recommend

  • gp65
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:39AM

    @Mirza:
    “Pakistanis did not know about DI or OBL and his presence in military town”.

    It maybe true that Pakistanis did not know about OBL living in garrison town. But Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter is married to Javed Miandadt the cricketer. Dawood openly roams in Karachi. So it is incorrect to say that Pakistani establishment is unawae about DI whereabouts.
    Pakistani establishment also knows the whereabouts of JeM founder Masood Azhar and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed. It allows them to openly fund raise under the cover of charity organizations for recruiting, arming and traiing anti-India militants. So unlike anti-US activities are supported clandestinely, anti-India activities are supported quite openly.

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  • Truthbetold
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:17AM

    @Najeeb Mujahid:

    “So, Gujarat riots happened in 2002 and the Mumbai blasts happened in 1993. So, how does Musharraf think Dawood avenged Gujarat in 93?”

    Good point. May be because Dawood Ibrahim had a premonition of what was going to happen nine years later and thus decided to take revenge in advance!! Or, may be Musharaf had that premonition and asked Dawood to carry out the terror attacks.

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  • Robert Stokes
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:46AM

    @BruteForce You are correct about reference to Babri Masjid related muslim killings and ignorance of Mushy to that. I don’t think ignorance is the worst crime of Mushy though.

    BTW, I wonder what do Pakistani laws say about revoking citizenship. I am wondering if Pakistan would consider stripping Mushy’s citizenship and deporting him back to Delhi if it turns out he was damaged Pakistan’s national interest by supporting terrorists and even hiding them on the mean streets of Karachi.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 17, 2011 - 6:05AM

    For those who are exaggerating number of people, Hindus and muslims, killed in Gujrat riots should know that in India free judiciary and political parties verify everything. You can easily know how many people died from the number of people/families who come forward to claim compensation . Gujrat riots victims got compensation from both federal and state government. Those compensation is paid by the unpolitical bureucracy and all numbers and facts are public.
    Also remember more than 100 Gujrati policemen from Modi’s government sacrificed their lives and were killed in trying to protect people, hindus and muslims, from rioting mobs.
    Just last week, courts in India sentenced many people to prison sentences, who were found guilty of rioting.
    Mr Musharraf should be ashamed of his venal logic and criminal argument.

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  • Manju
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:27AM

    @Larry:
    Dear Pseudo-Larry (=actual Pakistani), get your facts right…
    ‘Sub-Continent …. recently by British’ – You forgot to mention Egyptians, Mayans, Africans, Japanese, Americans and god knows who all but you also forgot that it was the land of Aryans and Dravidians who were on this land before that’ and off course your text books and that ‘laal topi’ would have even quoted to you – ‘Hindu Zionist killed the Muslims who were prehistoric creatures to occupy the Indian land today which are given to Muslims by Allah himself!!!’

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  • Saigeetha
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Shame!!. A former president of Pakistan justifying the terror acts of a world recognized killer. I strongly believe until such persons with unjustified vengeance hold important positions in pakistan, India-pakistan peace process remains a joke.

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  • luckkyy
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Musharraf is getting old and his memory fadding..

    Gujarat riots happened in 2002 and the Mumbai blasts happened in 1993.Recommend

  • hamid
    Nov 17, 2011 - 10:33AM

    @call me crazy:
    If I make a list of the terrorists help by India. This short space wont allow me to do so.

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  • Tony Singh
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:12PM

    @hamid:
    “If I make a list of the terrorists help by India. This short space wont allow me to do so.”
    Please do that. ET is generous enough to provide you with ample space. Better still write a blog, but do not level charges without evidence.
    To all others
    What Musharaff meant was Pakistanis love DI because he does such a wonderful invisible act. They know he is there., they see him and yet they don’t see him! (Strategic asset)

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  • Dr. Who!
    Nov 17, 2011 - 7:49PM

    @Najeeb Mujahid:

    A few years here few years there is not a big deal for Pakistani Generals.
    Anyway it was a “pre emptive” strike. Just look at his name, “Daud” and “Ibrahim.” You think he could not see the future?
    He also knew that Mush will defend him in 2011!

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  • Babloo
    Nov 17, 2011 - 11:04PM

    Dont be surprised if Pak army names the next missile bought from China or Korea as “Daood”. That would truly reflect the character of Musharraf and those he represents.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 19, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Mr Musharraf, should have been tried for treason and cowardice for fleeing Kargil ( after surreptitiously occupying it ) and leaving behind dead bodies of Pak army soldiers, unclaimed and abandoned.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 19, 2011 - 12:45AM

    We are PhD in the field of “Denials”. The whole world says and accepts that there are safe heavens but we don’t agree. Of course this is our right to disagree unless someone else comes clothed in STEALTH and get their mission accomplished. We love it and that is it.

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  • Arjun
    Nov 19, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Too bad India doesn’t have the guts to take out Ibrahim on their own.

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  • observer
    Nov 19, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Looks like Gen Musharraf has ‘no idea’ about much else besides Daoud Ibrahim’s whereabouts.

    A. History- Gujarat happened in 2002 and Daoud carried out blasts in 1993. But according to Gen Musharraf Daoud ‘avenged’ Gujarat. Strange indeed.

    B. Geography- Apparently the Gen did not know where the LOC was located in Kargil.

    C. Constitution of Pakistan- Article 6 defines a coup as treason, yet the general enacted a coup while under oath to uphold the constitution.

    D. Terrorism- He had no idea about OBL, Haqqani Network and Quetta Shura.

    Let us forgive him, for he knows not many things.

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