New Delhi: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who wanted to visit India for attending a seminar this weekend, was on Wednesday denied visa.
The decision was taken after the Home Ministry expressed reservations over the visit of the former Pakistani military ruler due to his recent anti-India statements, official sources said.
Besides, the government also did not want convergence of elements opposed to the present regime in Pakistan on Indian soil for their activities.
Some Musharraf’s supporters had also applied to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for a visa to visit India around the time he was planning to travel here and the three other metros, the sources said.
India was wary about a number of his supporters seeking visas – giving rise to concern that he might indulge in political propaganda, ahead of a planned comeback into politics in Pakistan.
Musharraf had been invited to attend a seminar hosted by the Young Presidents Organisation, an international outfit involving influential business leaders. The conference was scheduled to be held in Delhi on Saturday.
The former Pakistan president was among the guest speakers at the event.
In response, Major General Rashid Qureshi, spokesperson for Pervez Musharraf told CNN-IBN, “Its unfortunate that Indian government is upset or under confident that they have denied General Musharraf visa.”
He also added,” Its a shame.” He said that he did not think that India can prevent statements by preventing visa to Musharraf.
Musharraf, currently living in self-exile in Britain, had recently said that India was responsible for creating unrest in Pakistan’s south-western Baluchistan province and authorities have “solid evidence” in this regard.
He claimed that the involvement of India and Afghanistan in Baluchistan was creating unrest in the province. He was also the key architect of the Kargil war.
Almost a decade ago, Musharraf had visited India for the Agra summit and made two more visits in 2005 and 2009. In 2005, he visited India as President for watching an Indo-Pak one day cricket match and in 2009 to attend a media event after shedding power.