ISI, RAW must stop confrontation: Musharraf

March 8th, 2009 - 12:16 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf Saturday accused India of whipping up war hysteria after the Mumbai terrorist attacks and asked the intelligence agencies of both countries to stop the path of confrontation for the sake of peace in the subcontinent.
“Both ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence) and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) must stop their confrontationist path. Your RAW does exactly what ISI does,” he said in his characteristically blunt remarks.

He was addressing a conclave organised here by the India Today magazine.

“The past has been dirty. But we should stop the blame game and move beyond history,” he said. “We must have done tremendous damage to each other.”

He accused India of whipping up mass hysteria after the Mumbai attacks and for targeting the Pakistani Army and the ISI for extremism in the region.

“Let’s address issues and disputes with a new approach,” he said.

Calling for “an attitudinal change” among people and the governments for better relations, Musharraf exhorted the two countries to “move beyond the burden of history” and jointly combat common problems like extremism and terrorism.

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