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Musharraf accuses Sharif of supporting Baloch nationalists

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf has accused Nawaz Sharif of supporting Baloch nationalist leaders, charging that PML-N chief was trying to draw “political mileage” from the Baloch unrest. Musharraf, who has in the past alleged that India was backing the Baloch rebels, has once again said that Jamhoori Watan Party leaders Shahzain Bugti and Brahamdagh Bugti were “getting arms from India through Afghanistan.”
Participating in a talk show on a TV news channel, he also alleged that India was involved in fomenting unrest in Balochistan, according to The Asian Age.
Musharraf claimed Shahzain Bugti’s group and other Baloch factions had acquired missiles and anti-aircraft guns to battle the frontier corps and the Pakistan Army.
He criticised the PML-N’s government in Punjab province and Nawaz Sharif for supporting Baloch nationalists, describing it an act of “political mileage.”
“They (Shahzain and his father Talal Bugti) get state protocol when they come to Punjab and stay at Sharif’s residence Raiwind House as guests. Nawaz is supporting them just for his political mileage,” Musharraf said.
The former president, who lives in self-exile in Britain, claimed: “India is also supporting various separatists and insurgent groups of the province and fuelling insurgency to destabilise Pakistan.”
Musharraf had recently claimed in an interview that Pakistan had evidence of India’s involvement in the unrest in Balochistan, where nationalist leaders have been waging a campaign for a greater say in decision-making.
His claims were an apparent reason for the Indian government’s recent decision to refuse him a visa to attend a conference in Delhi.
Musharraf further alleged during the talk show that Shahzain Bugti, who was recently arrested in Quetta for alleged possession of unlicensed weapons, was involved in the killing of Punjabis in Balochistan.
Asked about the summons issued to the Inter Services Intelligence chief by US court in connection with a lawsuit filed by relatives of two Jewish victims of the Mumbai attacks, Musharraf endorsed the government’s stance on not asking the spy agency’s head to appear in court. “The ISI chief should never appear before any US court. This is impossible, we are an independent country,” he said. The US court’s action “is just like the Supreme Court of Pakistan summoning the head of America’s CIA”, he said. -Online He said,” Pakistan’s policies are very liberal without having any defect in them but the issue is their implementation.” The Indian government policies for businessmen, he said, are very difficult and it takes time for an investor to enter the Indian market. Mandviwalla said that to solve problems of investors “we have created boards of investment in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. We have a framework of investment policy but on the ground level investment actually goes to a province. That is why we refer different investors to the provinces where our provincial BOI offices can facilitate them and act as a bridge between the government and them by providing all necessary government permissions and certifications to start work. Regarding the criteria used by BOI for investors, he said that there were no limitations. There were investors with more than Rs100 crore who were being helped by BOI and there were also some businessmen who have an investment of Rs one crore. He attributed a decline in the foreign investment in the last two years to global economic crises. -Onlnie


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