Ex-President Pervez Musharraf Passes Away

On Sunday, Shashi Tharoor tweeted about Musharraf’s death, calling him an “impossible enemy of India” who turned into a “real force of peace.” Musharraf was 79 years old. The BJP attacked him because of the tweet, saying that he was praising the man who started the Kargil war and supported terrorism.

As part of his four-day tour of Malabar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor talked to reporters in Kannur. He asked how talking to students, meeting religious leaders and writers, and going to events that were planned much earlier can be seen as sectarianism. (PTI)

Monday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor put the Bharatiya Janata Party in a tight spot about the late former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. In a tweet, Tharoor asked the saffron party about the negotiations for a ceasefire between the Vajpayee government and the military ruler at the time in 2003 and the joint statement made the next year.

“I have a question for the BJP leaders who are yelling: if Musharraf is so bad, why did the BJP government negotiate a ceasefire with him in 2003 and sign the joint Vajpayee-Musharraf statement in 2004? Was he not seen as a trustworthy peacemaker at that point?” he tweeted.

Musharraf, who was 79 years old, died on Sunday. Tharoor tweeted about it, calling him an “impossible enemy of India” who turned into a “real force of peace.” The BJP criticized him for the tweet by bringing up a statement by Musharraf in which he praised Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda.

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“Parvez Musharraf, who had praised Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, had also praised Rahul Gandhi, calling him a gentleman and promising his support!! Maybe this is why Shashi Tharoor praises the man who planned the Kargil war and backed terrorism. Shehzad Poonawala, a spokesperson for the BJP, tweeted, “Sigh.”

Tharoor tweeted again this morning, “I grew up in India, where it is customary to say nice things about people who have died. Musharraf was an unrelenting enemy and was to blame for Kargil, but he worked for peace with India from 2002 to 2007 because it was in his own best interest to do so. He wasn’t a friend, but he and we both saw that peace was better for the long run.”

Musharraf, who planned the Kargil War, was in charge of Pakistan from 1999 to 2008. He did this by getting rid of the government of Nawaz Sharif, who had put him in charge of the Army. He died yesterday at the American Hospital in Dubai after being sick for a long time.

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