New Delhi: Former Pakistan President Retd General Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday used ‘indecent language' against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who after assuming charges of the Prime Minister's Office, attempted to normalize ties between both the neighbouring countries.
Musharraf, who is facing a series of criminal charges including sedition relating to his 1999-2008 rule, said that "Modi is anti-Muslim and his policies are anti-Pakistan".
“I want to say something about Modi saheb. You should look at the attitude of this government. When you look at the reality of Modi saheb, it is quite clearly anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan, no doubt in this,” Musharraf said in an interview to a Pakistani news channel.
He also advised the Pakistani government to wait for Modi's move first, instead of behaving obsequiously in order to gain favour from India.
“I would also like to add we should not indulge in any fight. Now, he is a Prime Minister. He has not opened his cards in context to the Pakistan, till time we have not heard any anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan remark from him. We should wait for his move first. We shouldn't behave like….he is a viceroy or Prime Minister. We need not behave obsequiously in order to gain favour, no need of it.
He also went on to say India shouldn't take Pakistan lightly as it is a nuclear power now.
“We are a powerful country. We should wait if they talk anti-Muslim or anti-Pakistan… We are also a nuclear power. Hindustan, Modi sahib shouldn't doubt. We want to live peacefully with honour and dignity so he shouldn't be mistaken he can do anything with Pakistan. He can't do anything with us. Why we should treat him like a viceroy,” he added.
There has been a spurt in incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers along the Line of Control (LoC) after India called off the Foreign Secretary level talks to protest Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's meeting with separatist leaders from Kashmir.
In May this year, Modi had invited his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected government in May.
The move was hailed by the US and others as a positive sign to normalize the ties between the both countries.