Pervez Musharraf sees role for Taliban in Afghanistan

Published: February 25, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Former President Pervez Musharraf has said Kabul must share power with the Afghan Taliban and block Indian influence if it wishes to see peace, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In an interview to WSJ, Musharraf said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s September inauguration presents a new opportunity for reconciliation between Kabul and the Taliban and related insurgent groups.

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“Ashraf Ghani is a balanced man,” he said. “I think he’s a great hope. And Pakistan and India both must stay away, and not to have this kind of a proxy war going on there.”

Musharraf also admitted that India and Pakistan had been engaged in a proxy war on Afghan soil that fed the conflict, but said Islamabad’s role in nurturing the Taliban and allied militant groups operating in Afghanistan were a legitimate counterweight against India.

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“There are enemies of Pakistan that have to be countered,” Musharraf said. “Certainly if there’s an enemy of mine, I will use somebody to counter him.”

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, said: “We don’t need to respond to voices from the wilderness. Such voices just try to occupy news space.”

Pakistan’s foreign ministry declined to comment on statements it hadn’t yet seen.

“The world must realize that we may not like the face of Mullah Omar…but that is how life is, that is what Afghanistan is,” said Musharraf.

“We have to get the Pashtuns on board,” said Musharraf. “If there are Taliban who are for peace and they want to join President Ashraf Ghani in sharing power and having a system which is workable in Afghanistan, by all means they should be included.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ashfaq11
    Feb 25, 2015 - 2:50PM

    Sir you’re are retired so please do not provide running commentary on current affairs. We don’t care what you think. We have confidence in the current leadership to achieve peace without proxies and eliminate all good and bad Talibans and hate paddling groups from Pakistan Recommend

  • Sane Voice
    Feb 25, 2015 - 2:53PM

    Please focus on your golf Mush.Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 25, 2015 - 3:26PM

    plz army only looks good in military positions not politics. SO just go take rest musharrafRecommend

  • baig
    Feb 25, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Very true Musharaff understands Afghanistan and Pushtoon,Karzai is not trustworthy at all.Recommend

  • striver
    Feb 25, 2015 - 3:57PM

    I think he provided the best solution but U.S and India will never let that happen.If they do so indian investment in Afghanistan will go in vein that they used against Pakistan. And if Taliban become the stake holders what is the difference between 2001 of Afghanistan 2015? U.S came here just to finish Taliban government and break/destabilise Pakistan.Recommend

  • Wali
    Feb 25, 2015 - 6:07PM

    I am fed up of listening to opinions ofthis man who had a chance to do change/deliver but all he did was ensure personal survival. The pnly good thing in his tenure was to make a sicere effort to cleanse lal masjid – aside from double games all over!Recommend

  • woody
    Feb 26, 2015 - 6:05AM

    This guy is too sick to show up in court to answer Murder charges … but not to sick to hold press conferences?Recommend

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