New Delhi: Addressing a press conference in Dubai, former Pakistan President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on Friday refuted chances of unrest between India and Pakistan escalating to a nuclear war, in wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
A Gulf News report quoted Musharraf, “It is ridiculous even to say that there will be use of atom bomb in case of any war between the nuclear neighbours. If Pakistan uses one bomb, India will use 20 bombs so Pakistan may have to use 50 – this is disastrous. People who are talking about such possibilities have no idea of warfare.”
He noted that nuclear arsenal only acts as deterrence and should not be used by anyone. Musharraf dismissed speculations of India-Pakistan’s present-day severed ties leading to a full-blown retaliation by either side, while adding that both the countries have been adversaries for years and their relations have majorly been dangerous for the past 10 years.
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Musharraf’s comments come in tow of the deadly terror attack orchestrated by Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, where 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.
An explosive-laden SUV rammed a security vehicle, part of a 78-bus convoy, ferrying CRPF personnel and killed all onboard, while injuring five other jawans. India-Pakistan ties strained effectively following JeM’s declaration of sponsoring the terror attack.
Since, India has been mounting pressure directly and via diplomatic channels on the Pakistan government to take action against its terror breeding camps. As many as 58 countries have so far condemned the Pulwama terror attack and pledged support to India.
In a strong statement against Pakistan’s failure or lack of efforts in curbing terrorism brewing on its land, international terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday decided to retain its name in the ‘Grey list’. The body observed, “Pakistan does not demonstrate a proper understanding of the risk posed by terrorist groups AQ, JuD, LeT, JeM, and persons affiliated with the Taliban. Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies.”
Notably, New Delhi had made a strong case against Pakistan’s non-compliance in curbing terror funding in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel martyred.