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Rahul spoke '1971 reality', says Pakistan politician
Apr 16, 2007 - 8:14:13 PM
Sayed said what was equally important was 'the mindset in the Indian establishment and their political elite regarding Pakistan'.

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[RxPG] Islamabad, April 16 - A leading Pakistani politician has paid a left-handed compliment to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi - for apparently speaking the 'truth' about the 1971 creation of Bangladesh.

Referring to Gandhi's statement that the break up of Pakistan was 'an achievement of the Gandhi family', Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said Rahul Gandhi was the first Indian 'who has told the truth of 1971'.

Online news agency said that Sayed, secretary general of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was speaking to the media here.

He said Gandhi's remarks Saturday, made in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh at an election rally, show that India's strategy 'was clear from day one, namely, to partition its neighbour through sponsorship of state terrorism'.

He went on to add that India 'created and armed the Mukti Bahini', a Bengali militia which fought the Pakistani troops, 'just as it created and armed the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka' in the 1980s.

'It is an irony of history that the Frankenstein monster of terrorism and extremism that Indira Gandhi created ultimately devoured her in the form of the Khalistan movement,' she said.

Indira Gandhi, Rahul's grandmother, was the prime minister when the India-Pakistan war of 1971 led to the secession of East Pakistan and its emergence as an independent country called Bangladesh.

Sayed said what was equally important was 'the mindset in the Indian establishment and their political elite regarding Pakistan'.

He urged the Indian leadership to 'stop perceiving Pakistan as an 'enemy', which had to be either weakened or divided'.

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