Pakistan 'in danger', says Musharraf

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ISLAMABAD: Warning that Pakistan "is in danger", former President Pervez Musharraf today said its leadership must take cognisance of concerns expressed by world community about security situation in the country but asserted that nobody should dictate any course of action to it.

"The country is in danger and if we get bogged down in minor and old issues, there will be problems," Musharraf told reporters at the airport here before he embarked on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

"The issue is very serious. Everyone in the world is seeing the seriousness of the issue in Pakistan. Everyone is trying to chart a course of action," he said. At the same time, he said, Pakistan must chart its own course of action to steer the country out of the problems it is facing.

"And we have to be clear that nobody should dictate any course of action to us. We have to find our own course of action and save this country and move it forward towards progress," he added.

Asked whether he thought the peace deal with the Taliban in northwestern Swat valley would usher in peace and end suicide attacks, Musharraf replied: "Nothing can be said (as of now). If the agreement is only for ensuring speedy and cheap justice within the Pakistani legal structure and system, then it is alright."

"But if (the deal was inked) from a position of weakness, if they (Taliban) want to challenge the writ of government, the deal is dangerous and should not be allowed," Musharraf said, adding that he believed the army and the administration are thinking about this issue and will take the correct steps.

President Asif Ali Zardari recently approved a controversial law to enforce Shariah or Islamic law in Swat to quell a nearly two-year-old Taliban insurgency in the region located just 160 kms from Islamabad. Musharraf had launched a military campaign against the Taliban in Swat in late 2007.

Musharraf said no conditions should be attached to the financial aid provided to Pakistan. "We should not be happy about just getting money. There is interest on it, we are not getting it for free," he said, referring to the USD five billion in aid pledged to Pakistan at a donors' conference in Tokyo on Friday.

The former military ruler was irked when asked if he would be willing to appear before any commission that could be set up to probe the 2007 military operation against radical elements holed up in the Lal Masjid in Islamabad.

"It is time to end the lies. Those who say women and children were killed and several hundreds died in the Lal Masjid operation are telling white lies. Only 94 people were killed and all of them were terrorists and extremists. Not a single woman or child was killed," he said.

Musharraf said he would meet King Abdullah during his stay in Saudi Arabia. He said he would also visit London and Prague for interviews and delivering lectures.
 

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Musharraf is right this time for a change but the situation is beyond salvation. Just because no one is interested in saving them from themselves for an eternity!
 

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Wow! Musharaff has woken up. But too late. Enough damage has already been done. We have to wait and watch what is going to happen.
 

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Ex President of Pakistan is right that Pakistan in dangerous position, but his advice that Pakistan has to own course of action to steer out of the problem, came at a time , when every thing is beyond control, they can not get out of this, Taliban is now just 50 km from the capital.Govt. of Pakistan bows pathetically to the demands of Taliban. They are simply mercy of Taliban, and again General is talking against setting conditions to Aid, donors have the right to do so, and they are right in doing that, also I fear that this money also land up to the Terror camps.
 

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I have always felt that Musharraf is too clever


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by half.

He is smart but has failed his nation due to his hubris.
 

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As far as im concerned, Musharraff was the one who cozied up with the terrorists and played the double game with the US. Now he is making money from all this by giving lectures.
He had no reply at the recent press meet in India when an Indian Muslim leader gave him a mouthful
 

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Gen. had played both the cards well (US and the terrorists), he used carrot and stick policy to the terrorists, but later at the end of his regime, terrorists got away with carrots and stick started getting decayed , now stick remains broken and Terrorists are juggling with carrots .This time now, he again started playing the cards to earn money, and yes Yusuf, Gen got what he needed , when he was in India.

Regards
 

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