Musharraf denies 'US secret deal' reports

Published: May 10, 2011
Former President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday denied signing a secret deal which allowed the United States to carry out a unilateral raid inside Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

Former President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday denied signing a secret deal which allowed the United States to carry out a unilateral raid inside Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Former President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday denied signing a secret deal which allowed the United States to carry out a unilateral raid inside Pakistan.

British newspaper the Guardian had earlier reported that Musharraf had signed an agreement with former US President George W Bush after Osama bin Laden had eluded capture in Afghanistan.

Rejecting the Guardian report, Musharraf said that the agreement should be presented in parliament if it exists.

The former president also left a message on his Facebook page, denying that such an agreement had been signed:

The accusation of my having allowed intrusion into Pakistan by US forces chasing Osama Bin Laden is absolutely baseless. Never has this subject even been discussed between myself and President Bush leave aside allowing such freedom of action that would violate our sovereignty.

Updated from print version (below)

Secret deal sanctioned US raid: Report

Pakistan struck a clandestine deal in 2001 that allowed the United States to carry out a unilateral raid on its territory similar to last week’s raid that killed the al Qaeda leader, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday.

The agreement was finalised between then military ruler Pervez Musharraf and US President George W Bush after Osama bin Laden eluded capture in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains, the newspaper said, citing serving and retired Pakistani and US officials.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pakistan would allow US troops to conduct a raid inside Pakistan in search of Bin Laden, his second in command Ayman al Zawahiri, and the group’s third-ranking official. Both sides also agreed that Islamabad would vociferously protest the incursion afterwards in keeping with public sensitivities.

The newspaper quoted a former senior US official as saying that “there was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf that if we knew where Osama was, we were going to come and get him.” “The Pakistanis would put up a hue and cry, but they wouldn’t stop us,” the official told the Guardian.

The existence of such a deal would put a new spin on the political storm triggered by Bin Laden’s death in Abbottabad.

A senior Pakistani official said it had been struck under Musharraf and renewed by the army during the “transition to democracy” – a six-month period from February 2008 when Musharraf was still president but a civilian government had been elected.

The former US official said the Pakistani protests of the past week were the “public face” of the deal. “We knew they would deny this stuff.”

Despite several attempts to contact his London office, the Guardian was unable to obtain comment from Musharraf.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2011.

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  • May 10, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Trust our leaders to do anything for self-interest and ‘green cards.’ Who cares for the dumb citizens after all we are ‘hand in glove’ with the military, political leaders, mullas, et al. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 8:56AM

    Musharaf was a true patriot. Whatever he did was for Pakistan. Mitti Pao aur Ghar Jao.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 10, 2011 - 9:39AM

    Pakistan seems a Non-sovereign country because all our systems are under control of US administration, either by written contracts, commitments, agreements and remaining under the influence of Dollars. All politicians who are in the Government are stooges of USA, blackmailed by USA due to their weaknesses. The future and fate of Pakistan is a colony status. People should learn how to live in a colony. We do have a history of such under Britisher. Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 10, 2011 - 9:58AM

    The problem is solved. There is no need for any inquiry or investigation. The institution of army was implementing its secret contracts with the foreign master. Mush and his ISI chief Kayani had signed on the dotted lines and USA was only carrying out the agreement.

    Now that the main characters in OBL alleged surprise attack has been unmasked there is only one solution. With the help of army touts like Shah Qureshi, Mullah Fazal, C. Nisar, Imran Khan, etc., force the new civilian govt to resign and bring themselves into power. Just like what they did after the surrender of East Pakistan with ZAB, after he had brought 93 thousand POW.

    It is not 1971 and in Internet age even these powerful generals cannot hide the truth for long. They better prove their loyalty to US, after hiding OBL for so long. We the people of America would not accept anything less than cleaning out terrorists from N. Waziristan and other Pakistani areas or we would do it ourselves, whether you like it or not. Recommend

  • syed Imran
    May 10, 2011 - 10:06AM

    Musharraf had been a curse for this country. This visionless man has a history of misdeeds.
    while he was the Army Chief he went in to Kargil against the wishes of many senior army officers and proved his incompetency. Later on, while he took over as the illegitimate ruler,he was a total political out cast in the comity of nations. when president Clinton visited India in1999,he refused to visit pakistan due to military takeover, Musharraf pleaded him to come over which he did after having his two requirements met,
    1. He be afforded opportunity to address Pakistani Nation on PTV
    2. He will not shake hand with Musharraf or be photographed with him.
    While Musharraf was in political wilderness,there came 9/11, and when asked by Americans whether he will cooperate,he found it to be God sent opportunity to get his person bailed out and sold Pakistan Soverignity for personal recognition.

    Today Pakistan stands destroyed socially,politically and financially because of Musharraf policies.
    Pakistani Nation beware of this Selfish,Cunning and Incompetant person and never ever welcome him in this country.Recommend

  • dextor
    May 10, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Yar please call prime minister in some show and ask some students to ask him few questions….I think he would have left with some ghairat…If people still vote PPP or PML N then they deseve this happening….Recommend

  • Imran
    May 10, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Why we are forgetting that Musharaf was not a Pakistani, he was born in India and got up in Turki just served in Pakistan aimed to destroyed and looted this country and than enjoy life in London and UAE. He destroyed every institution of the country not only Army but also the Judiciary and the parliament as well. Today people are hating from Army because Mushraf killed hundreds innocent people in Army uniform. Now what happened in Abbotabad last week, its really shameful for every Pakistani, not only Zardari and Kiyani are responsible but all the political and religious parties are also responsible for it. Because no one of them have been seriously protested over on the bulldozing of country sovereignty by US. Now young generation is thinking that these political and religious people are not loyal with nation and country but they are loyal with USA, just for dollars and for ruling. Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    May 10, 2011 - 10:44AM

    All the higher echelons of this government and the armed forces knew about the sellout agreements signed by the Zionist President of Pakistan General Musharraf (now retired) and
    living under protection in London.General Kayani can give thousand statements against the unilateral action of US troops to our public. But will avoid action since he knows breaking of
    one agreement could lead to fallout with other agreements that pertain to development of other sectors in the country. Now that US administration has claimed worldwide the death of
    Osama Bin Laden this government should renegotiate the treaty provided she has the Moral
    Courage to change her own livid character. Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 10, 2011 - 10:49AM

    You are going on a horrible tangent there Imran with a start like that about Musharraf’s birth and early life.

    But trust me, the Army’s conduct of last 30 years (before, during and after Musharraf) has not been any good either. Musharraf was an incompetent gung-ho idiot, but you forget so is most of the Pak Army!

    Army’s support of Jihadis for last 3 decades, their own corruption and often tax-free business projects like real estate, industrial units, lands, fleecing foreign aid and domestic budgets for fighting their own self-created nightmares has always been there.

    Time for the Army and esp. the ISI to be held accountable in public. Time for our ‘elected’ leaders to have some guts and use their legitimate parliamentary powers to hold the armed forces answerable to the National Assembly in full audience of media and public enquiries that expose the incompetence, corruption, collusion with jihadi elements, and disregard of the constitution.

    This is perfect time to finally control the uncontrollable monster calling itself the Pakistan Army! Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    May 10, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Musharraf did all this because “Sub Se Pehlay Pakistan” …..

    @ Syed Imran: You put it absolutely rightly!
    @ Imran: You hit the Bull’s Eye!Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    May 10, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Imran – If an Indian/Turkish (as you call him) can become Pakistan’s Army Chief, then may be you should reconsider your citizenship and move to Sudan.Recommend

  • Adeel
    May 10, 2011 - 11:07AM

    So that means the people above will believe on everything Declan Walsh has said about Pakistan todate? people? what are the proofs? “Sources”…funnyRecommend

  • anand singh
    May 10, 2011 - 11:15AM

    So, whats the fuss ?

    Everything was agreed to and went as per plan.Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    May 10, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Well said bro, agreed but this not going to happen becoz these guys know that students will give him a tough time in that show, and will not b able to give one good answer. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    May 10, 2011 - 12:01PM

    I am not a Mush lover but I heard Mush on TV last night on ARY News Channel.

    Mush denied any such written or verbal agreement was ever made during his time.

    To me it is only passing the buck.

    US had power, tech and will to do such actions and they can do and will do again and again.

    It is law of nature.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    May 10, 2011 - 12:17PM

    I am giving up on our nation and our people. They are one and the same. Not worth living among douchebags. Recommend

  • May 10, 2011 - 3:21PM

    off course it’s baseless allegations on Great MusharrafRecommend

  • Explorer
    May 10, 2011 - 3:36PM

    But, denial was also a part of the agreement!Recommend

  • May 10, 2011 - 3:48PM

    He has got a lot of practice of denying accusations. Should be a breeze for him Recommend

  • May 10, 2011 - 3:51PM

    “Our Army can be your Army” Ayub Khan to US assistant secretary of state in 1953
    From Hassan Abbas’s bookRecommend

  • May 10, 2011 - 4:00PM


  • Riaz Butt
    May 10, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Musharraf a true and honest leader, much much better than rubbish leaders. We miss Musharraf.Recommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    May 10, 2011 - 4:31PM

    Can we call ourselelves sovereign when we beg IMF, World Bank, ADB, Saudi Arabia and UAE etc to pay our bills! Recommend

  • Adeel
    May 10, 2011 - 4:35PM

    We believe what you say sir!Recommend

  • Emmad
    May 10, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Actually Pakistan never got Independence in 1947 it was the change of masters from Great Briton to America……Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 10, 2011 - 5:26PM

    We are living in a bad situation just because of down to earth attitude towards US by our ex President. He put our army in US pocket and now no way to get out of this mess. Thank You Musharaf!Recommend

  • Ali Nawaz
    May 10, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Is it enough just to comment here and sit back to your seats and start hoping that some one comes and will fetch Pakistan back from these problems?
    No dears, no will come. you people have to come forward to save this homeland. For the first time in the history Pakistan needs you, me and every sincere and patriot person. Can we get together practically to save our homeland?? If yes then how? Because there’s no more time!!!

  • Saad Siddiqui
    May 10, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Love ya Musharraf !! :P Recommend

  • Saad Siddiqui
    May 10, 2011 - 6:10PM

    Pakistani Nation will welcome Musharraf in his country ! … pml(n) walay jalte rahain ! Recommend

  • Sam
    May 10, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Musharraf IS the man who freed the media through which you all speak!!!
    Lest you forget the Army you are cussing is the one that guards you from igloos to trenches!!!

    Dont let the actions of a few hijack the sincerity and competence of the entire force!!!Recommend

  • Mahmood
    May 10, 2011 - 8:58PM

    If this is true – this deal stinks. However the real shame is that apparently the people of Pakistan support a mass murderer/terrorist – that somehow gets overlooked in all the hub bub.Recommend

  • billo
    May 10, 2011 - 9:34PM

    @Sam: please, lets get over this pathetic lie that Musharraf “freed” the media. The move was going to come regardless of who was in power. There was a strategic reason behind the free media. Our generals were getting worried that our 2 PTV channels could not compete with Indian satellite channels and news that was being beamed within Pakistan and throughout the world. Nor could they keep up with the information that was available on the internet. Free media was needed in Pakistan to compete with Indian media, both within Pakistan and globally. The decision was made in the GHQ and foreign ministry. It was a sign of the times in an age where controlling information is impossible so the best you can do is to put your own perspective out. Musharraf just happened to be the dictator in power when it was made. Recommend

  • Maqbool
    May 10, 2011 - 9:48PM

    Have you ever heard, seen a Pakistani says truth???Recommend

  • Cheeko Beeko
    May 10, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Musharraf has no other option except to deny the deal as he is waiting to form the government after the tenure of PPP government.

    Since PPP is in the government, it should openly publish the document which was signed with the US Government during Musharraf regime for the information of the general public. The document should not remain as classified document, as every one want to know what pact Musharraf had with Bush Administration and the same was ratified in the democratic government. Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 10, 2011 - 9:58PM

    “All praise is for the Almighty who bestowed sovereignty upon the army, then made the people subservient to the army and the army subservient to its own interests” — Justice M R Kayani

    It is always comes to that. Army is great and it is civilian’s fault. Reward the army and punish the bloody civilians. Recommend

  • Boloch
    May 10, 2011 - 11:42PM

    People should know that even USA denies this along with Musharraf but so called uk based guardian news paper which is bought by Indian company for almost 5 years ago is compaining against Musharraf. So basically it’s India. News paper now Recommend

  • Sam
    May 11, 2011 - 12:11AM


    we just cant give credit where its due. another pakistani trait!!Recommend

  • Asif Ali
    May 11, 2011 - 12:31AM

    oh my GOD, you people still believing on musharaf. he is the man who wanted to sold every thing of pakistan. Recommend

  • Zahid
    May 11, 2011 - 12:54AM

    We should not pay heed to such news which detract from us questioning our current civillian or millitary leadership. To me such news, unless backed by strong evidence, seems a conspiracy by elements in present government to throw all blame on Musharraf for every bad thing happening in Pak so that people could not hold them accountable for their inability, incapability and lack of interest to take forward country. We are fed up hearing lame excuses. Come on- three years gone. Stop this non sense now.Recommend

  • amjad
    May 11, 2011 - 3:28AM

    If there is such an agreement there should be copies in various ministeries, and it may have been witnessed by Foreign Minister/Secratary or Defense Minister/Secratary.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    May 11, 2011 - 6:35AM

    I am attaching the Supreme Court Ruling on the Judges Case, which is about Coup’s and Doctrines of Necessity and how Musharraf violated the Constitution on which he swore an oath of allegiance: TO OBEY, PROTECT AND DEFEND.

    If he could not defend and protect a scared document what can one expect from him and his cronies in the Military. Below is Pdf attachment from the Supreme Court Website:

    The Army still has not learnt its lesson. That’s why Generals and Brigs rent their homes in Cantonments as SAFE HOUSES to CIA AGENTS, i.e., Mr Raymond Davis and his types when they are not allowed to do so BY LAW. Recommend

  • Deep Thinker
    May 11, 2011 - 7:32AM

    Its interesting to see how the Pakistani power-brokers are going flat out to thumb their noses at the world. This might be the only viable strategy left to adopt. Better to be seen as a rogue rather than a street bully. The scarier you make yourself look, the better your chance of getting away with it. Good luck with the economy thing.Recommend

  • Nageen
    May 11, 2011 - 9:28AM

    The deal document needs to be displayed on media!
    If there isnt one then Guardian needs to take action against the US official who disclosed this news. Guardian should publish his/her name along with the evidence on the basis of which Musharraf and Army has been accussed of signing this deal.
    Guardian is a well respected paper and should take responsibility of whatever they publish.Recommend

  • Ba Ha
    May 11, 2011 - 11:39AM

    If Musharaff is a True Patriot then I am Jesus Christ reincarnatedRecommend

    May 11, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Musharraf could do no wrong because what ever he did was as per his motto ‘Pakistan first’.Recommend

  • jssidhoo
    May 11, 2011 - 11:59AM

    @Ali Nawaz:
    Well said brother “Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle
    Khuda bande se ye poche bata teri raza kia hai” IqbalRecommend

  • Kazmis
    May 11, 2011 - 12:37PM

    If US, UK , Guardian all should disclose everything and publish in media and sent a copy to you then you will believe it…then …better do not believe. But Musharraf left no option except denying and telling lies to all, for the rest of his life.Recommend

  • Patriot
    May 11, 2011 - 12:52PM

    @Billoo Bhaya:
    Hahaha. How many judges violated the constitution??? Look at the list from top to bottom!!Recommend

  • Furqaan
    May 11, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Musharraf is great man, He should given chance to come into politics, because that only is going to make Pakistan strong, All These wimpy leaders have no back bones, At least Musharraf could speak for Pakistan with straight face.Recommend

  • Furqaan
    May 11, 2011 - 2:19PM

    All who are blaming Musharraf for his toughness on terrorism and on Lawyers , Do you remember Tasir ? Do you remember how those Lawyers were celebrating Tasir’s murder ? Do you think those Lawyers are your ideals ? Recommend

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