AFP November 18, 2014
The departure of Nato combat forces from Afghanistan could push India and Pakistan towards a proxy war in the troubled state, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf warned in an interview with AFP.
The 71-year-old who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, praised new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who made his first official trip to Pakistan last week in a bid to reset fractious ties with Islamabad.
But the former strongman said calming tension between India and Pakistan, running high at the moment after some of the worst cross-border firing in years is key to peace in Afghanistan.
“The danger for Pakistan is… the Indian influence in Afghanistan,” he told AFP at his house in Karachi.
“That is another danger for the whole region and for Pakistan because Indian involvement there has an anti-Pakistan connotation. They (India) want to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan.”