Musharraf quitting could be good news for India :Yashwant SinhaAugust 18th, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by ANI
By Naveen Kapoor
New Delhi, Aug.18 (ANI): Responding to resignation of Pakistani President Parvez Musharraf, former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said on Monday: “Musharraf has met the fate of all dictators. I can say he was not particularly friendly to India, many of the problems in our bilateral relationship with Pakistan are entirely because of him.
So his quitting should be regarded as good news for India and South Asia”. Sinha’’s view doesn”t quite go in concurrence with his party which has shared a very cordial relationship with the former military chief.
In fact BJP patriarch Atal Behari Vajpayee has had a very good rapport with the former chief of army and it is these two leaders who have signed a historic peace agreement in 2004 on the sidelines of SAARC summit had set the tone and prepared the ground for peace process which has reached its fifth round this year.
Termed as architect of Kargil War of 1999, Musharraf due to his decisive steps vis-a-vis Indo Pak peace process in successive have won the confidence and respect from India and the United States, Infact Indian Prime Minister has quite candidly said Musharraf is the man whom we can do business, Indian national security adviser has also stated that he has grudging respect for the former army chief. But Sinha suggests that we should not support dictators.
However Sinha also raised questions on the authority of new democratic PPP led government and said that Pakistan has not changed under ”democratic government”. Citing recent incidents of ceasefire violation on the LoC and attack on Indian embassy in Kabul and ongoing volatility in Jammu and Kashmir, former Indian Foreign minister, Yashwant sinha said: “India should watch the situation very closely after the departure of Musharraf we should remain very alert” he also urged Pakistani leadership to deliver on the peace process.(ANI)
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