Pakistan must avoid military confrontation


Former president and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday that Pakistan should avoid military confrontation with the US and NATO forces over the issue of NATO attack on the Salala check post in the Mohmand Agency. In a television interview, Musharraf said that Pakistan should avoid military confrontation, however, the issue should be taken up and guarantees should be taken from the US and the NATO forces.
Regarding the Bonn conference, being held to discuss the future of Afghanistan, he said that the conference would not produce any magical results that could solve the Afghanistan issue. He added that no one knows who is leading the Taliban and who holds sway over them.
“Who is the real commander of Taliban? This is an important question. Mullah Umer or Gulbadin Hikmatyar or Haqqani? So who should be talked to? Then there are several other groups in Pakistan. So it is not an easy process,” he said.
Musharraf said that Pakistan has the right to possess nuclear technology as the country has serious security issues, especially from the eastern borders and the neighbour has not accepted our freedom and sovereignty completely. “We tested the nuclear device and over the years we have safeguarded our nuclear programme under several layers of security and no one can attack and destroy these assets.”


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