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Musharraf: U.S. terror claims are nonsense

November 10, 2011

LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) — Elusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and has no reason to be inside Pakistani territory, former Pakistani President Musharraf said.

Bilateral ties between Washington and Islamabad are at historic lows in part because of the fallout from the May raid by U.S. forces that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. U.S. officials also accuse Pakistani intelligence agencies of backing the insurgent Haqqani network, blamed for a series of high-profile attacks and assassinations inside Afghanistan.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told the BBC U.S. claims about Pakistan’s ties to terrorism groups were “all nonsense.”

He said there may be some refugee camps on the Pakistani side of the border that could be harboring some unsavory figures, but most of the U.S. claims were nothing more than “a mirage.”

A State Department official, speaking to reporters on background in September, said threats from groups such as the Haqqani network weren’t just a concern for Washington. Since 2003, one official said, nearly 19,000 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorist attacks.

The United Nations is reviewing a sanctions list containing members of al-Qaida and the Taliban to facilitate reconciliation, though talks with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and members of the Haqqani network aren’t on the table.

Musharraf said Omar has “no reason to be in Pakistan,” adding he’s likely somewhere in the Afghan province of Kandahar.

Source: UPI

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Musharraf draws five-point agenda for checking extremism within Pakistan

June 10, 2011

Washington, June 9 (ANI): Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has come up with a five-point agenda for checking extremism within the country.

The former military ruler acknowledged that Pakistan also has to look inwards to resolve its sociopolitical conflict.

“We, as a nation, have to boldly demonstrate our resolve towards moderation and rejection of extremism from within our society. We have to follow, with courage, the five-point agenda that I created to check extremism within,” Musharraf wrote in a piece for CNN.

He said that the misuse of madrassas and mosques from preaching militancy of any form must be stopped.

No material spreading violence and militancy should be printed/published and sold or distributed, he added.

Musharraf also called for banning militant religious organisations and dening their reemergence under different names.

He also emphasised on the need to keep the religious syllabus and curriculum in schools under constant review to “prevent any teaching of controversial issues, which could lead to religious rigidity, extremism and intolerance.”

The implementation of a madrassa strategy to “mainstream Taliban into the social fabric of the nation” constituted Musharraf’s fifth agenda to check extremism in Pakistan.

The former president, however, acknowledged that all these points are easier said than done, saying that it needs a government that “comprehends the magnitude of the task, has the following of the people and the determination to change.”

Musharraf, who launched the All Pakistan Muslim League (PML) party in late 2010 with a view to running for office in 2013, said that in the present political scenario, none of the political parties or their leaders has the acumen to achieve such lofty ideals.

“We face an acute leadership vacuum. This has to be filled. We have to break the political status quo. We have to produce a political alternative to be seen domestically and internationally as viable and take it to victory through democratic means,” he said.

“Time is of essence for Pakistan. Too much water has flown under the bridge. The next elections will be the mother of all elections,” added Musharraf, who has vowed to return to Pakistan by March 23 next year to contest the upcoming general elections.

Source: Daily India

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Bold and blunt Musharraf on Osama Bin Laden and his death

May 13, 2011
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Commuting: Bridging distances, easing hardships

May 13, 2011
GILGIT: The RCC Bridge in Konodas has finally been constructed after five years. Chief Minister Medhi Shah inaugurated the bridge on Thursday.

The project of the bridge had been sanctioned during the government of General Pervez Musharraf, whose era saw considerable development work in the region including road networks, bridges and educational institutions. However, the contractor of the bridge left the project without completing it after Musharraf’s government was ousted in the general elections of 2008.

The old Bridge – adjacent to the new RCC Bridge – had been constructed in late 1890.It dilapidated overtime as traffic increased along with rise in population. Following growing complaints, the chief judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan’s Supreme Appellate Court, Justice Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi, took suo moto action in 2010 and asked Public Works Department [PWD] to complete the project immediately or be prepared to face the law.

The suo moto worked its spell as PWD resumed work completing the project, making life easy for thousands of residents of Kondoas, Nomal and other adjoining regions.

The locals heaved a sigh of relief and thanked the Appelatte court for taking action on the pending project.On the inauguration ceremmony, as the chief minister, accompanied by  speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly and other officials, cut the ribbon, people praised Justice Nawaz Abbasi, who played the major role in bringing the project to its completion.

“We are so happy that more than half of our distance to Gilgit city and other connecting areas will be minimized,” said Tashfain Rafiq, an employee who lives in Konodas. He said due to a lot of rush at the bridge, they had to stand in a queue twice a day, while going to office in the morning and on their way home in the afternoon.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2011.

Source: Express Tribune

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Musharraf denies ‘US secret deal’ reports

May 10, 2011

Via his Facebook page, General Pervez Musharraf has denied that he had agreed in 2001 for America to conduct a unilateral operation in Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden if the terrorist was located in Pakistan.

The Guardian newspaper reported this morning that after bin Laden managed to escape from the Tora Bora mountains, the General, who was then President of Pakistan, had struck a secret deal with then US President George Bush.

Mr Musharraf said today, “The accusation of my having allowed intrusion into Pakistan by US forces chasing Osama Bin Laden is absolutely baseless. Never has this subject even been discussed between myself and President Bush leave aside allowing such freedom of action that would violate our sovereignty.”

The Guardian cited a former senior US counter-terrorism official as declaring, “Both sides also agreed that Islamabad would vociferously protest the incursion afterwards in keeping with public sensitivities.”

Under the deal, Pakistan would allow US forces to conduct a unilateral raid on its soil in search of bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.  “There was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf that if we knew where Osama was, we were going to come and get him,” the US official was quoted as saying.

The Guardian said a senior Pakistani official confirmed that the deal  had been struck originally by Mr Musharraf and renewed by the army during the “transition to democracy”  –   a six-month period from February 2008 when Mr  Musharraf was still president but a civilian government had been elected.

Source: NDTV
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A fresh start: Musharraf Foundation hands out house keys

May 6, 2011
MULTAN: The Pervez Musharraf Foundation, currently being monitored by All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) senior vice president Dr Amjad, recently distributed the keys of 25 houses to flood victims in the district.

“A small colony of 25 houses has been built so far but we will help build more houses throughout the country for people who were affected by the floods,” Amjad said.

The foundation distributed keys of newly constructed houses among flood victims from Daaria Din Panah and Alipur on Tuesday. More than 52 keys have been distributed in flood struck areas of southern Punjab including Daaira Din Panah, Kot Addu, Shah Garh and Alipur. According to NGOs and relief workers, this is the third stage of the plan to rehabilitate flood victims in the district. “The Musharraf Foundation has already distributed 52 keys but we will be building more houses,” said APML media advisor Attiqa Odho. “We also plan to provide proper medication to all flood victims in Pakistan including those in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Sindh and southern Punjab. Retired major general Rashid Qureshi, vice president of APML, said that the party was conducting a survey to identify the major problems being faced by flood victims. “Former president Pervez Musharraf has issued us strict orders to fairly allocate funding to flood victims throughout the country,” he said. “The APML will not abandon the people the way this government has done,” Odho said.

Flood victims in Multan expressed their joy at the initiatives taken by the APML and said that they were happy to finally have a roof over our heads.

“It is a relief to know that I finally have a home again. I am extremely grateful to former president Musharraf for still caring about the people of his country,” said Multan flood survivor Sohial.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2011.

Source: Express Tribune

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Musharraf admits ‘slip-up’ on Osama, defends army

May 6, 2011

Rahul Kanwal  | New Delhi, May 6, 2011

Former president General Pervez Musharraf on Friday strongly defended the Pakistani army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) saying they could not be blamed for the ‘slip-up’ that saw the Al Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, residing in the country’s garrison town Abbottabad until the US forces killed him on Monday.

Talking to Headlines Today over phone from Dubai, Musharraf failed to provide many answers that India has been looking for. He however, did concede that as the former head of the military and ex-president of Pakistan he was embarrassed that Laden was found inside his country.

Asked about his statement at India Today Conclave three years ago that Laden was either dead or hiding in Afghanistan, Musharraf said, “I don’t remember having, as you said very confidently, I declared that he is dead and he is not in Pakistan. I don’t think I ever did that. I always used to put it in doubt that I don’t know… have information or intelligence. He could be anywhere. I used to get agitated when people used to say that he is in Pakistan. Really, I was never confident of his whereabouts. He could be anywhere, it could be Afghanistan or Pakistan or anywhere.”

“As far as dead or alive, yes, I used to say that he was a dialysis patient and therefore I don’t know whether he is dead or alive. I never once did I say that he has died or anything,” he added.

On existence of Laden in Pakistan’s military area Musharraf said, “Let me give three possibilities. Firstly, there was complicity by the intelligence agencies that they are harbouring him. I reject that for the reason that even President Obama has very clearly said that he is grateful to the Pakistani intelligence for having provided the leads. Now I would like you to ask him what were the leads. How is he thanking our intelligence agencies? What I know, maybe, some intercepts going from here to somebody abroad were provided by the ISI to the CIA. So if that was the case, why would ISI or intelligence agencies of Pakistan provide such leads if they were harbouring him? So I reject that.”

“The other is a possibility of a lower operative having known or involved without the permission or against the policies of intelligence agencies, or the army or the government. That I rule out because if at all he was there, as people say, for a long time then people keep changing.”

“The third one is not knowing… you call it incompetence or whatever. That is a possibility after all Bombay also took place after 9/11. Media always used to get after the intelligence agencies, the military or the government. What were the intelligence agencies doing? Such slip-ups do happen. It is very regrettable, it is terrible,” general added.

Asked again about Laden’s lair in the military area Musharraf said, “Having been trained in the guerrilla warfare, I think one of the best place to hide either is mountains which are inaccessible or the best place to hide is in cities, populated areas. That is the best place to hide, you wouldn’t be known. Thirdly, I may say, if there is a bold person, I think near to the bigger enemy is quite a safe place because there is a degree of complacency around the compound.”

He strongly objected to the army being called ‘incompetent’ in the wake of the ‘slip-up’, as Musharraf himself admitted.

“Let’s first differentiate intelligence agencies from army. Army is not incompetent. Intelligence agencies and within those agencies the operative who were responsible for the area… they are incompetent. Let’s focus on to that because the agency has shown tremendous amount of competence and in umpteen number of cases all over Pakistan, on international issues. So let’s not absolutely write off the intelligence agency and more than that involve the army in incompetence,” Musharraf said.

Source: India Today

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