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Taliban, India both are threat for Pakistan: Musharraf

Sunday, May 17, 2009 Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Former President Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has said that Taliban and India both are threat for the Pakistan stressing Pakistan must have to keep close eye on both.

In an interview with foreign media, Former President Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan army is the real strength of Pakistan. The large number of deployment of the troops by India on border is a constant threat to Pakistan’s integrity.

However, India would never attack Pakistan at all because, because it know strength of Pakistan. However, Pakistan must have to maintain minimum deterrence force to avoid Indian attack, he added.

In response to a question he said that 500% there is no need of any mindset. These aspersions are cost by those who want to weaken Pakistan. Anyone who wants to weaken Pakistan attacks the Pakistan army and ISI, he held.

Pakistan army is an extremely discipline army. It is carries out orders from the top and army leadership carries out orders form the government.

In response to a question pertaining to supporting of Taliban, Pervez Musharraf strongly rejects the allegations and termed these accusations baseless. He said that after the 9/11 incident Pakistan army had arrested around 700 Taliban. All the Al-Qaeda leaders were arrested by Pakistan so how could Pakistan support Taliban? It is a ridiculous accusation, he added.
He said that the international community must support Pakistan instead of criticizing it. He said that drone attacks are halting the course of war on terrorism and it is causing great resentment and anti-America sentiments among the masses. He said that he like former US President G. W Bush, but he is not among his followers.

While taking about the Karzai, Pervez Musharraf said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is double dealing with Pakistan. He said that Karzai would be hiding things from Pakistan.
He said that Karzai knew the issues and he is causing trouble to Pakistan by not addressing these issues with Pakistan.

Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf said that in a situation like this, the basic requirement is the unity of thoughts and action by the all; the Afghanistan government, coalition forces and within the coalition forces other forces.

He further said that there has to be a unity of thoughts and action in Pakistan by Central government, Provincial government and army. Unfortunately, the unity of thoughts is not there, he added.

Replying to another question Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has said that he had warned former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto of threats to her life.

Benazir Bhutto sent him a special message indicating that there are certain terrorists groups in Karachi, who supposedly come in Karachi and wanted to attack her, he told.

In Rawalpindi, where she addressed a gathering in Liaqat Bagh is heavily congested and the thickest part of the city. This is the place which is the main square and tall buildings all around, he said by adding that government told her not to come but that was what happen to her.