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NATO Tells Pakistan “We Need Your Army In Tribal Areas”

December 2, 2008

Pakistan must continue military operations against militants in its tribal regions despite rising tensions with India following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Nato officials said on Monday.

“We hope Pakistan’s efforts (against the insurgents) are not diminished as a result of what happened” in Mumbai, Nato spokesman James Appathurai told reporters.

He made the comments as reports indicated that both Pakistan and India might send troops to their common border.

Nato which is fighting a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan is concerned that a redeployment of Pakistani troops in the east of the country could mean reduced Pakistani military action against militants in the frontier region with Afghanistan.

Speaking ahead of a meeting of the alliance’s 26 foreign ministers in Brussels, Mr Appathurai said the new Pakistani government had shown it was determined to fight insurgents in the northern part of the country.

“This government is embracing responsibility for fighting extremism,” the spokesman said, adding: “It is Nato’s assessment that these operations are robust.”

“Nato believes that the success of Pakistan in increasing pressure on the militants over the last few months has been very valuable,” he said.

Mr Appathurai repeated that Nato soldiers were not deployed within Pakistan. “The Nato mandate ends at the border. We are not participating in any ground or air operations in Pakistan,” he said.

The alliance has deployed over 50,000 troops in Afghanistan and has said that stabilising the country is Nato’s key priority.

The war is, however, increasingly unpopular with European public opinion and in Canada.

Mr Appathurai said Nato was convinced that there was no military solution in Afghanistan and that issues of governance, development and reconstruction were part of the alliance’s “comprehensive approach” towards the country.

Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is expected to visit Pakistan later this monthin a bid to reinforce political contacts with the new government. Military contacts between Nato and Pakistan are improving.

The Nato spokesman said that Mr Scheffer had been heartened by his recent meeting with President Hamid Karzai in which the Afghan leader said that his relations with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari were “good and trusting”.

Fighting extremism was a “shared challenge” for Afghanistan and Pakistan and both countries were part of the solution, the spokesman said.

By Shadaba Islam
Dawn Newspaper

Musharraf says Pakistan army still backs him

March 8, 2008

MULTAN, Pakistan (AFP) – President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday that Pakistan‘s powerful army was not “distancing” itself from him following the defeat of his political allies in elections last month.

President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday that Pakistan's ... 

President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday that Pakistan’s powerful army was not “distancing” itself from him following the defeat of his political allies in elections last month.(AFP/File/John Thys)

Musharraf, who seized power in a coup in 1999 and stepped down as army chief in November last year, said claims of a rift between him and the military were being spread by people trying to destabilise the nuclear-armed nation.

“It is absolutely wrong that the army is distancing itself from me. There is no truth in it,” Musharraf said at the inauguration of a state television station in the central city of Multan.

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Bhutto’s husband calls for UN probe

January 5, 2008
By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Benazir Bhutto‘s widowed husband accused members of Pakistan‘s ruling regime of involvement in his wife’s killing and called Saturday for a U.N. investigation, as British officers aiding Pakistan’s own probe pored over the crime scene.

“An investigation conducted by the government of Pakistan will have no credibility, in my country or anywhere else,” Asif Ali Zardari, the effective leader of Bhutto’s opposition party, said in a commentary published in The Washington Post. “One does not put the fox in charge of the hen house.”

Calls for an independent, international investigation have intensified since the former prime minister was killed Dec. 27 in a shooting and bombing attack….

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“My Wife Died For Pakistan”

“My Wife Died For Pakistan”

January 5, 2008

By Asif Ali Zardari
The Washington Post
Saturday, January 5, 2008; Page A17

KARACHI, Pakistan — Last week the world was shocked, and my life was shattered, by the murder of my beloved wife, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.  Benazir was willing to lay down her life for what she believed in — for the future of a democratic, moderate, progressive Pakistan.  She stood up to dictators and fanatics, those who would distort and defy our constitution and those who would defame the Muslim holy book by violence and terrorism. My pain and the pain of our children is unimaginable.  But I feel even worse for a world that will have to move forward without this extraordinary bridge between cultures, religions and traditions.

During the years of my wife’s governments, she was constrained by a hostile establishment; an interventionist military leadership; a treacherous intelligence network; a fragile coalition government; and a presidential sword of Damocles, constantly threatening to dismiss Parliament. Despite all of this, she was able to introduce free media, make Pakistan one of the 10 most important emerging capital markets in the world, build over 46,000 schools and bring electricity to many villages in our large country. She changed the lives of women in Pakistan and drew attention to the cause of women’s rights in the Islamic world. It was a record that she was rightly proud of.

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