Pakistan's former President, the retired General Pervez Musharraf, has said extremists and terrorists are keeping India and Pakistan apart because they do not want peace between the two neighbouring countries.

Pointing out that India and Pakistan had been on a confrontation course for 60 years, Gen Musharraf said: “Punishing Pakistan with counter attacks is irresponsible, and war will be inevitable. We must stop the hysteria and leaders on both sides must continue with cogent dialogue.” said Gen. Musharraf.

Speaking at the Asia Society's Texas Centre on Saturday, Gen. Musharraf observed that in India, extremism among Muslim youth was on the rise and developing excessively.

“We need to adopt a holistic approach and neutralise the situation without breaking links with Indian Muslims,” he said. — PTI