LONDON - Former President Pervez Musharraf said that NRO with political parties was a glaring mistake of his life.

In an interview he said that Pakistan could not oppose attacking Afghanistan after 9/11 and siding with US was the need of hour.

He went on to state that situation in the world had entirely changed after 9/11. India was ready to provide its airbases to US if Pakistan did not provide its airbases to US for attacking Afghanistan, he said.

“I raised Kashmir issue with Indian former Prime Ministers Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh and this issue was heading towards its solution”, he stressed.

He stated that Lal Masjid operation and removing Iftikhar Chaudhry as Chief Justice of Pakistan were correct steps.

“I have no concern with May 12 Karachi incidents and militant wings of political parties were involved in them,” he observed.

US was mounting too much pressure for bringing Benazir to Pakistan, he said, adding that Benazir Bhutto on the other hand returned to Pakistan by violating the agreement.

Following the arrival of Benazir in Pakistan Saudi Arabia mounted sufficient pressure to allow Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan.

“I could decide about construction of Kalabagh Dam in the first 3 years. I went upto Karachi, Sukkur and Hyderabad for developing consensus on the construction of Kalabagh Dam. But during the remaining 5 years this problem could not be addressed due to formation of government”, he pointed out.

He underlined that Altaf Hussain should now quit the party as he had no future in the politics of Pakistan.