New Delhi: Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, made a stunning revelation during an interview to a Pakistani news channel on Tuesday. Responding to a question, he reportedly said that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) was backed by intelligence agency ISI in carrying out bomb blasts in India. (ALSO READ – If Pak Uses 1 Bomb, India Will Use 20; It’ll Be Disastrous: Musharraf Denies Chances of Nuclear War) Also Read - Operation All-Out: Security Forces Within Striking Distance of Eradicating Terrorism in Kashmir
Musharraf’s stunning claim comes amidst Pakistan’s move to ban Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah and (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. Issuing a notification, the country’s interior ministry said that the two outfits have been moved from the watch list to the list of proscribed outfits, which has 70 organisations. The development came hours after Pakistan claimed to have arrested 44 members of banned outfits, including a brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, Abdul Rauf Asghar. Also Read - Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri, 2 Army Jawans Martyred
Lauding the Pakistan government for the crackdown, Musharraf in an interview with Hum TV Digital said that he has been asserting since a long time that these are terrorist organisations. He also claimed JeM to be behind the assassination attempt on his life carried out back in 2003. Also Read - UAE Stops Issuing Fresh Visas to Pakistan, 12 Other Countries Citing Security Concerns
Meanwhile earlier in the day, Director General of Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor had claimed that JeM does not exist in Pakistan. He added that the Masood Azhar-led terrorist organisation has been proscribed by the United Nations and Pakistan.
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.