A political war of words ensued when the former Pakistan president called on India to not 'overreact' on the Pathankot terror attack; retorting to the remarks, Indian politicians did exactly that
New Delhi: Former Pakistan President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has called on India to not ‘overreact’ to the terror strike on the Pathankot IAF base saying that both nations were victims of extremism and also accused New Delhi of creating pressure on Islamabad over terrorism.
Pervez Musharraf. Pic/AFP
Speaking in an interview to a Pakistani news channel, Musharraf said, "Terrorism is prevalent in both India and Pakistan. We are also victims of the same so we should not over react to what happened in Pathankot. Yes, of course we want to control such incidents, but one should not get hyper over such incidents."
"India’s first reaction to every terrorist attack is Pakistan but India is not free of terrorism or extremism themselves," he said, adding, "India simply can’t create pressure on Pakistan when it comes to terrorism. We may be a small country but we have honour of our own. There are lots of areas in India where extremism is rampant. India always treats terrorism as a one-sided issue and that infuriates me. They can't just bulldoze us when something happens there," Musharraf said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
I want to educate Musharraf...there is a fundamental difference in the terrorist attack in India and a terrorist attack in Pakistan. In no terrorist attack in Pakistan, have they been able to catch even one Indian. But in almost every attack from Pakistan, we have found a direct link to ISI and Pakistan military.
Captain Amarinder Singh
We have had seven people killed. We will have to react. What do they mean by over reaction? If one Pakistani soldier is shot, do you think Pakistan is not going to react?
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
Musharraf is not the Pakistan Government. The Pakistani Government should tell us from where the terrorists came to India.