Monday, May 2, 2011

Musharraf: Bin Laden mission violated Pakistan

Pakistan tourism minister
~ promoting Taliban-r-good message
Has Pakistan completely given up on normal sightseers.
It appears foreign fighters are the new tourists.

Welcome to Pakistan in any case!

Mr. Musharraf said the “lack of trust is very bad.”

Under President Pervez Musharraf ~ the Taliban were about to take an easy stroll onto Islamabad. One wonders if the world did not apply pressure on him to act ~ would these holy warriors been greeted with fresh cut flowers, as they had already reached 60 miles outside of the capital, in the end virtually unopposed by Pak military.

But there is growing talk about the money, as before the large international handouts to defeat this Taliban-terrorist-enemy ~ Musharraf was saying we already have Shari'a law anyway. And that there was no significant threat to the country. When he saw the money, it was ~ we are going to be taken over!! And the around the world tour began.

It is true that a large amount of Pakistani soldiers have died, but what also appears true that if no international pressure is applied, little or no effort would be made. The idea being if you stamp things out early, then there would not be the huge problem of Taliban taking complete control of whole regions ~ later!

Obviously they have a relationship with their hardliners that goes beyond waging war against India. It must be as some Pakistani officials/politicians have said, that this is an extension of their religion.

"Ulema (clerics) and Taliban are the true followers of Islamic ideology and America is the biggest terrorist of the world, which is creating hatred against them," Tourism Minister Maulana Attaur Rehman, whose Jamiat Uleme-e-Islam (JUI) party is a partner in the PPP-led government, told a public gathering in Mansehra in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.[+]

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday accused the U.S. of violating his country’s sovereignty by sending in special forces to kill Osama bin Laden.

“American troops coming across the border and taking action in one of our towns, that is Abbottabad, is not acceptable to the people of Pakistan. It is a violation of our sovereignty,” Mr. Musharraf told CNN-IBN, an Indian news channel.

He added that it would have been “far better if Pakistani Special Services Group had operated and conducted the mission. To that extent, the modality of handling it and executing the operation is not correct.”

Bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with Navy SEALs in a million-dollar, fortified compound located in an affluent neighborhood in Abbottabad, about a two-hour drive from Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

Senior U.S. officials, who briefed reporters early Monday, said the Obama administration did not inform Pakistani authorities of the mission until after it was concluded.

Mr. Musharraf said the “lack of trust is very bad.”

“If two organizations [are] conducting an operation against a common enemy, there has to be trust and confidence in each other,” he said.

Pakistan is “totally on board” on fighting al Qaeda and Taliban.

Mr. Musharraf said it was possible that some local Pakistanis had colluded with bin Laden.

“A battle has been won, but the war continues,” Mr. Musharraf said, warning that “al Qaeda is still there.”

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