Osama raid an ‘act of war’: Musharraf

WASHINGTON: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said America’s raid that killed Osama bin Laden was “technically an act of war” against his country. “No country has a right to intrude into any other country,” said Musharraf. Bin Laden was on May 2 killed by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad, a gar rison town north of Islamabad, in a raid.

Musharraf described as “arrogance” President Barack Obama’s comments this week that America would not hesitate to repeat a raid like that killed bin Laden. “Actually, technically, legally, you see it, it’s an act of war. So I think it is an irresponsible statement, and I think such arrogance should not be shown, publicly, to the world,” he told Piers Morgan in an interview to CNN.

“Theoretically, technically, yes indeed, it’s an act of war,” he said, but noted it wouldn’t necessarily signal a war.
“How to deal with it is the question, and I leave it to the government there to how they want to deal with it.”
Obama has said he would order another raid like the one which killed Osama if Islamabad did not act on threats developing in the country towards the US or its allies.

Soon after Osama was killed deep inside Pakistan, Musharraf had admitted that he was embarrassed. Musharraf had said that the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could not be blamed for the ‘slip-up’ that saw Osama residing in Abbottabad.

Meanwhile U.S. Senator John Kerry has said that the home grown terrorists are the real threat to Pakistan. Addressing the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Kerry said that Pakistan needs to realize that it is facing threat from home grown terrorists not from countries along the western, eastern borders or European countries. He said that through affective diplomacy Pakistani military leadership would be convinced to realize this threat.

He said that the killing of Osama Bin Laden paved the way for major achievement against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Kerry further added that Afghanistan war is in critical phase and we need to take advantage of this moment.

He said that our endeavor is to fight global threat of terrorism and for this we would continue to monitor the resources of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries.-Online

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