LONDON: Former President, Pervez Musharraf has said that had Pakistan refused to assist USA, in the post-9/11 scenario, America would have harmed Pakistan, to the extent of destruction. In his recent interview with BBC, the former President termed the decision to assist America as a prudent and well-conceived, while he also strongly rejected the notion that he had made the decision in a scare at ‘a single phone call’.
“Any refusal by Pakistan to assist America would have forced America to seek Indian help, while both (specifically India) would have also destroyed Pakistan nuclear assets under any pretext”, he added. While stressing that the planning for 9/11 was ‘definitely conducted amid the rocky mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan ‘, he regretted that Pakistan took maximum possible brunt of all the fiasco.
He also regretted the naivety of those who failed to comprehend the inside story and facts. Referring to the current Afghan situation, he said that American had made a big mistake of ignoring Pakhtoons, and held imprudent and wrong policies of American and allies as responsible for the current Afghan crisis.
Answering a question regarding the murder of Benazir Bhutto, he reaffirmed his belief of involvement of Baitullah Mehsud in her murder, but failed to comprehend as to whom might have manipulated Baitullah to do so.
Replying to another question, he said that Country was (obviously) more important than democracy, and (obviously) Country should /would always have an edge over (secondary) democracy. He also stressed for an operation in North Wazirstan; unless it had a valid reason for not doing so, and strongly urged eschewing, use of Pakistani soil for launching attacks on Afghanistan.
Replying to another question, he disapproved of slow and lacksided reaction and response of the government over illegal American incursion of Abbottabad, and it should have immediately clarified its stance over the presence of Osama-bin-Laden, besides lodging its strong protest over the incursion.
Deliberating and ‘justifying’ carving out a Q of PML (PML-Q), he said that he required a political support in presence of such strong political forces as PML-N and PPPP, besides safeguarding his ‘developmental projects’ during the first three years of his rule; which ‘raised the living standards of masses’.
Reminiscing over the past history, he said that only if President Ayub was not in power, the East Pakistan debacle would never had happened.-Online