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  1. Musharraf backs military on Kerry-Lugar bill



    Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has said he sided with the Pakistani military reservations over the conditions that could be attached to the Kerry-Lugar bill.

    Musharraf in a radio interview said although Pakistan has been touted as America’s most important ally in the fight against terrorism, “this most important ally is being treated with suspicion”.

    He said he supported Gen Stanley McChrystal in his call for additional US troops for Afghanistan. Musharraf said the US counter-terrorism approach, which calls for drone attacks on terrorist hideouts, and the strategy calling for additional troops could not be separated because of the linkages between the terrorist groups, Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Musharraf stood by Pakistan’s military, and said he would need the support of the country’s people to return to politics.

    When asked about US concerns on the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, Musharraf said the country’s nuclear weapons were in safe hands and were well guarded by an army force of up to 18,000 troops, adding the nukes were controlled by a command authority led by the country’s president, prime minister and top military officials.

    “Politically, Pakistan cannot in the foreseeable future be ruled by an extremist group that sympathises with the terrorists,” Musharraf said. The former president said he sided with the Pakistani military in its anger over the conditions that could be attached to the Kerry-Lugar bill.

    Military officials have complained that the bill contains “humiliating” conditions. The bill stipulates, for instance, that the money could dry up if Pakistan fails to fight militants, including Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in the tribal regions along the Pak-Afghan border.

    Musharraf defended his country’s preoccupation with what he called “an existential threat to Pakistan” from neighbouring India. Although he said that he believed peace with India was “a requirement, a compulsion” for both sides, he said the US should not grudge Pakistan the right to take “essential measures” in response to the threat of an attack from India.
    By: ARY News


    Mubasshar


  2. Re: Musharraf backs military on Kerry-Lugar bill

    PK is fighting the militants for years now then why is it humiliating?
    What appear is that money will be directly directed for Roti, Kapra, Makan and this is bothering some people in Pk.

  3. Re: Musharraf backs military on Kerry-Lugar bill

    by watching the performance of pakistani govt i am afraid this aid will also be spent on their foreign tours .

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