In the interview given to a Pakistani news channel Duniya TV, Musharraf said, “Pakistan trained Lashkar for attacks in Kashmir, we trained Taliban, Ayman-al-Zawahri and Jalaluddin Haqqani to counter Soviets in Afghanistan.”
The former Pakistan dictator was further quoted as saying, "We need to understand the historical perspective. Indian army was slaughtering Kashmiris in the late 80s.”
“We trained Mujahideens for militancy in J&K. We needed to fight their oppression. Pakistan funded Lashkar. Hafiz Saeed was our hero, as so were the Kashmiris who crossed over to this side of the border to wage Jihad,” he added.
The former Pak army chief further claimed that his country trained Taliban, Ayman-al-Zawahri and Jalaluddin Haqqani to counter Soviets in Afghanistan.
"Haqqani, Osama Bin Laden were our heroes," said former Pakistan army chief, who ruled from 1999 to 2008.
Musharraf further criticised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he has a “psychological problem”.
While taking about the recent lynching incident in Dadri, Musharraf said, “Hindu extremism, radicalism and intolerance against minorities are growing under Modi's rule. An anti-Muslim campaign is going on in India.”
On being asked that why Musharraf thinks that PM Modi is facing some “psychological problems”, the former Pakistan army chief said, “I have heard that Modi was only 10-year-old when he had joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). So, he is indoctrinated with RSS ideologies from childhood."
Further hitting out at the RSS, Musharraf said, “RSS stands for Hindu supremacy in India and they are imposing this supremacy over Muslims.”
He also raised the 2002 Gujarat riots issue during the interview and further criticised Modi saying the Indian PM believes in ruling over minorities.
Meanwhile, India on Tuesday told Pakistan that it will have zero-tolerance to cross-border firing and infiltration bids.
Pakistan was also asked to act in a responsible manner.
“We straight away started the DIG sector level meeting between BSF and Pak ranger to lodge protest over killing of civilians in mortar shelling by the rangers. Rangers were told in categorical terms that we will show zero-tolerance to cross-border firing and infiltration attempts,” IG BSF (Jammu frontiers) Rakesh Sharma said.