Defending post-9/11 alliance: ‘US, India would have destroyed Pakistan’

Published: May 30, 2011
Pakistan’s response to Abbottabad raid was ‘untimely and insufficient’.

Pakistan’s response to Abbottabad raid was ‘untimely and insufficient’.


Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan’s very existence would have been at stake, had he not decided to join the US-led global “war on terror” following the 9/11 apocalyptic attacks in the United States.

Speaking in BBC Urdu programme Talking Point, the former president defended his decision of siding with the Americans, saying that he had taken the decision after weighing the pros and cons of the situation.

He sought to dispel the impression that he was bullied into taking the decision in a phone call by then US secretary of state Collin Powell. “I’d not changed our policy merely on a phone call,” he added.

A day after Powell’s call to Musharraf, his deputy Richard Armitage had also threatened the then-chief of Pakistan’s top spy agency in a phone call that the US would bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age.

Musharraf said the Bush administration had made up its mind to attack the Taliban-led Afghanistan. And had Pakistan not taken a U-turn on its Afghan policy, the United States would have destroyed Pakistan with the help of India. “Pakistan’s nuclear assets and its very existence would have been at stake,” he added.

Rejecting all conspiracy theories, the former military ruler conceded that the 9/11 attacks were plotted on “Pakistan’s mountains and Afghanistan” and this fact opened Pandora’s Box for Islamabad.

He blamed the United States and its Western allies for the present mess in Afghanistan. “Washington has made a huge blunder by ignoring the Pakhtun majority in the war-ravaged country,” he added.

Over 130,000 US-led coalition troops have been fighting the deadly Taliban insurgency for a decade now. And there is no end in sight to fighting, albeit the foreign troops would start pulling out of Afghanistan in July this year.

He said the Pakistani military should either launch an offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region or give a justification for not doing so. “Pakistan’s soil should not be used for creating instability in any of its neighbours,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2011.

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  • Feroz
    May 30, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Musharraf is a double faced Janus and master of skullduggery. With his duplicity he took everyone including his own people for a royal ride. This resulted in unneccessary confusion as to who is friend or foe. That a master manipulator is being given publicity is unfortunate. Has he declared his Assets and listed the sources that funded those purchases. Recommend

  • syed Imran
    May 30, 2011 - 10:18AM

    If his decision was in the interest of Pakistan, than why are the results so horrific?. Basically this man is self centered and everything revovles around his person. He was a political outcast in the comity of nations when he tookover.
    Bill Clinton came to Pakistan on his request but never shook hand with him(one of his demands to come over to Pakistan). So as soon as he was contacted by the American administration after 9/11,he found it a God sent opportunity to get himself recognised at the altar of national interest.
    If he is defending his policy today,he should also see it dividends in shape of 43000 deaths, $ 68bn loss to economy and national fabric torn apart. Recommend

  • Khurram
    May 30, 2011 - 10:18AM

    General Sahib, I do not know whether Pakistan’s very existence would have been at stake had we not joined the Americans but I do know for sure you would have never ended up with over a billion dollars. Sir it is always easy to criticize others for their faults in general and how certain military operation is conducted in particular but what about your own blunder Kargil and how would you like explain that ? Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 30, 2011 - 10:25AM

    “He said the Pakistani military should either launch an offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region or give a justification for not doing so. “Pakistan’s soil should not be used for creating instability in any of its neighbors,”

    Like the current administration – Musharraf did an excellent job of taking money, making promises, and not really doing a lot to take on the terrorist.Recommend

  • Fawad
    May 30, 2011 - 10:29AM

    It almost seems that instead of gaining strength and restoring the balance of power, somewhat in the region, our nuclear assets are being touted as more of a burden than boon. It is mind boggling and nerve wrecking to think that Musharraf was our Army Cheif.

    Why is it so difficult to understand that the US is not the only country with a stake in the region. It is in no ones interest to destabalise Pakistan. A war with Pakistan means a massive back lash and volatility that will spill over to India (if not incited by them ab initio) and China. I question the great generals stooped morals and his plummeted courage; is a condition where Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and China alongside Iran to a certain extent are unstable, vaiable? Would anyone allow that? India even is not prepared to go to war with us, it is nothing but a rhetoric to put to rest their local anger. Unlike you, General, everyone protects their self interest…oh wait you did protect your self interest.

    Well i beleive it is also in his training to only consider war as the only alternative. Well there was also patriotism and bravery in his training, wonder what became of that. Neutrailty has not yet died in this world, it is important to be reminded of that. You should have guaranteed that no terrorism will be exported from Pakistan and you work towards that and stay neutral. Give the lip service to them which you have given to us for so many years.

    And lastly how dare you insist upon attacking our people in Waziristan. It is your doing that we have to face this tremendous wave of terror in our country. No responsible government has ever attacked its own people. These people have historically protected our borders, THEIR borders. They are our citizens. Beef up your intelligence activities, find out the few responsible, track them and hunt them. Rather you wish to spill blood of our own brethren, while you have your tail ducked between your legs sitting in your posh apartment.

    Shame on you Mr. Musharraf.Recommend

  • hasan mehmood
    May 30, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Pakistan’s soil should not be used for creating instability in any of its neighbours,” he said.

    Thats the whole point. Yes the America / West used Pakistani soil to attack Russians but at that time the Kabul Govt. was treated as illegal by UN / International community. Even though Karzai Govt is most unpopular and cannot survive a single day w/o American crutches, it is rightly or wrongly recognized internationally. And such a country cannot be attacked from across the border. When we rightly demand stoppage of drone attacks, we conveniently overlook Haqqani Network’s cross border attacks. Yes they share historic cross border linkages and are morally justified in trying to help their ethnic brethren trapped by an American puppet regime.
    But the super powers dont care about moral arguments and the weaker nations have to abide by international laws / customs / conventions howsoever one sided and unjust. The world is’nt fair and we just have to live with it.So my appeal to all is to stop living in a fantasy world.
    As for the Ghairat Brigade, we are partly paying federal salaries and wholly funding development projects from external sources. IMF aid is not even for any project but to overcome current account deficit.Recommend

  • Imran Ali
    May 30, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Very Excellent decision was made by Mr. Musharaf in 2001. We appriciate it and salute to vision of him.Recommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    May 30, 2011 - 10:36AM

    I fully agree with the Ex President. Having been in Dubai at that point in time I recall the Indian propaganda against Pakistan. They would have joined hands with US to annihilate PakistanRecommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    May 30, 2011 - 10:37AM

    .I fully agree with the Ex President. Having been in Dubai at that point in time I recall the Indian propaganda against Pakistan. They would have joined hands with US to annihilate PakistanRecommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 10:41AM

    Gen Sahib –

    I agree with you. You are correct 100% in saying about Indian’s intentions.

    I can still remember jubilation of Indian political and military high command after 9/11 because they knew we Pakistanis are in a state of fix.

    You took that decision in good faith.Recommend

  • Gen Kayani
    May 30, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Even if we keep all the past behind, one that Mush says is true which is
    “He said the Pakistani military should either launch an offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region or give a justification for not doing so. “Pakistan’s soil should not be used for creating instability in any of its neighbours,” he said”

    We should be sincere to ourself atleast, either we are with the rest of the world or we are with the militants.


  • Sid
    May 30, 2011 - 10:47AM

    Does it mean that carrying the nuclear arsenals are no deterrents when the country is threatened for its existence ? Then what was the need to acquire them at first place ?Recommend

  • vasan
    May 30, 2011 - 10:54AM

    I think that if Pakistan had not joined US alliance, the US would have destroyed Pakistan, Now from what one reads from the newspapers, Pakistan is being destroyed by TTP with the aim of capturing the Pakistani state and its crown jewels. Either way it has worked out dangerous for Pakistan. So what is important is not whether Pakistan should have joined US or not, but whether the terrorism should be eradicated from Pakistan or not. Then neither US nor India nor TTP will have anything to say in Pakistani affairsRecommend

  • babar irfan
    May 30, 2011 - 10:56AM

    musharraf’s decision was correct,he was brave enough to take on the islamic fundamentalists.He didn’t follow a policy of appeasement & surrender towards the religious fanatics,when the religious terrorists occupied govt. land illegally in the lal masjid,musharraf was brave enought to take action which was highly needed.
    The present govt. in its state of absolute fear of the islamic fanatics has released the maulvi involved in the lal masjid.We need musharraf back so he can prevent the takeover of our country by the islamic fundamentalists.Recommend

  • saima farooq
    May 30, 2011 - 10:59AM

    Musharraf was the only leader who had the vision to realise what catastrophic damage zia’s islamisation programme had done to our country.Zia changed our school books,he made barbaric new laws,he radicalised the armed forces & we continue to suffer the consequences even today.35000 lives have been lost to religious terrorists who want to take us back to the dark ages.

    We need musharraf once more to weed out the religious fanatics within the ranks of the armed forces as recent terrorist attacks have shown that the religious terrorists had support from the inside.Recommend

  • lockey
    May 30, 2011 - 11:01AM

    america should of wiped pakistan off the map straight after 9 11 world would be at peace nowRecommend

  • sarmad dhanani
    May 30, 2011 - 11:02AM

    The only way to save our country is to have a secular pakistan where religion doesn’t interfere in the matters of the state,where laws & policies are not dictated by religious dogma but by our nation’s best interests.Musharraf tried to undo the damage caused by zia but musharraf was not allowed to continue as the forces of religious darkness ousted him before he could make our society a civilised one again.Recommend

  • tanvir rana
    May 30, 2011 - 11:04AM

    Jinnah had made the ‘republic of pakistan’.The islamic fundamentalists then forced a weak govt. to make it ” the islamic republic of pakistan’ & we’ve had no peace ever since that day.
    we have to change the name back to what our founder had kept & not designate one religion as the official state religion by which we alienate & exclude all other religions. Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 30, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Please cut the bull song which you been singing through which you ruled us for decade. Recommend

  • akram khan
    May 30, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Quran says to muslims that those who commit violence on earth in the name of Allah are your biggest enemies so alliance with USA after 2001 appears justified. Secondly someone above mentioned Kargil…Kargill was a well thought out plan against India….It was folied not by India but either by US or Israeli support to India in the form of 2,000 precision bombs. It wd still have been difficult to dislodge Pakistanis from hilltops but Nawaz Sharif was the one who spoilt everything not Musharraf.

    The only other thing Pakistan should have done was to say that yes we are moving into Kargill and should have developed Muslim and Friendly countries opinion in its favor. The problem again was the Taleban support from Pakistan i the 90’s who had given a very ugly image to Pakistan……Those who commit violence in the name of Allah are indeed our biggest enemies.

    Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue too and Musharraf tried that too. as a trye Pakistan he tried both options to get Kashmir or its muslim areas at least. What more do you expect from a true Pakistani.Recommend

  • Nazir Balti
    May 30, 2011 - 11:37AM

    what is the national interest?every leader & politician portrays their own interest as national interest.we could not really define our national interest so far.plz
    be sincere with the nation.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Pakistan’s problems are within Pakistan, not outside it. Recommend

  • Amjad Naqvi
    May 30, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Despite all scientific evidences and confirmed media reports the dodo general still convinced that the 9/11 plan was made in Pakistan… How Naïve.. or incompetent…Only a general can believe all this. The commando general succumbed to demand of Colin Powel and Bush on spot as he wrote in line of fire.

    Blaming US for mess in Afghanistan… How childish on become.. He was the one who gave them bases to attack, Full CIA access in Pakistan to facilitate them…Drones to kill. Recommend

  • from India
    May 30, 2011 - 12:12PM

    we don’t need USA to bomb Pakistan … 47, 65, 71 and 99 are evident to justify it…. give more power and authority to your democratically elected govt. like India and then only we can have peace !! Recommend

  • Yousaf
    May 30, 2011 - 12:13PM

    For those criticizing Musharraf:

    A painter once created a painting which he claimed a masterpiece, he placed that painting at a crossroad asking people to mark if there is any mistake. Next day morning there were 100s of marks on it which left the painter broken heart.

    He again did the same but requested please rectify if there is an error/mistake. Surprisingly painting remained intact/unmarked and no one found any mistake for rectification.

    You all talks, talks, talks & talks….. criticize, criticize, criticize….. Go study, plant trees, teach kids, help people around you and stop making people fool with your nonsense comments. Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 12:25PM

    Had Pakistan not taken a U-turn on its
    Afghan policy, the United States would
    have destroyed Pakistan with the help
    of India

    I don’t know about US bombing Pakistan back to stone age, But one thing I know for sure is that, India would have never helped US for such a cause, it has always been Non-Aligned.Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    May 30, 2011 - 12:49PM

    WEll all those think they are Tarzan and they can fight all along with india and US better come out of long dream (i think we didn’t have choice after usa wants this war in Afghanistan (so Musharraf is right)Recommend

  • khan Jee
    May 30, 2011 - 12:51PM

    It is because of him that we are in this situation these days. Remember people He is the one who brought Mr.10% in, who has now become Mr.200%. Just to save himself he made stupid policies. If he is so innocent why don’t he come and stay in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Khan JEE
    May 30, 2011 - 12:57PM

    @Yousaf: Looks like you are very happy with the current situation of our country and allowing US to invade our lands. Remember these policies were made by Musharraf and because of him we our in this situation. So instead of making such comments read some history and analyze why people hate him so much. Mr.10% is also a product of Musharraf ….Mind it Recommend

  • Aslam Mahaboob
    May 30, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Unbelievable!!!! Our obsession with India has caused us to take decisions which are not good for our country. The US & Chinese are able to extract every concession from us because of INDIA factor. The chinese get good trading terms and favourable access to our ports & the US can do whatever it wants. WHY? because the chinese will back us with every confrontation with india (dont remember when) and the US will arm us against india.Recommend

  • irrelevant
    May 30, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Mr. Yousaf…. my salaam to you for lighting up the path.Recommend

  • irrelevant
    May 30, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Mr. Yousaf…. my salaam to you for lighting up the path.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    May 30, 2011 - 1:06PM

    The decision was right at that time…..all said & done….people were also saying that if there wud hv been a civilian govt & parliament…the civilian govt cud tackle the situation much better…well, it is more than 3 years…why the civilian govt not stood eye to eye with the Americans as was deliberated & debated by all & sundry then….compare the casualties ; number of suicide bombers etc; & the economic datas – then & today…?? ask the poor people on the street…whatever the last govt lasted for almost 9 years growing at 7 – 9 %….keeping the Americans at bay as far possible not as compliant as exposed today…?? what is media today is thanks to the last govt policy….why is the Geo Super still off-air…?? why was Dr Shahid Mehmood`s show forced to closedown…?? this is all during civilian democratically elected govt…?? & beside numerous SC orders defiances…is this what is a democratic elected govt supposed to do…?? do we hv a foreign minister till today….? the amount of aid taken during this 3 years is more than what has been taken for the last 60 years…?? & the list can go on…not one achievement except the rich & the politicians hv gone richer & the poor got poorer….which govt changed 4 SBP governors & 3 finance ministers in 3 years…??Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Sid: Truth be told. Nuclear arsenal amounts to a status symbol to the civilized. Nothing more. It appears many don’t even realize how a nuke works or the effects of its aftermath. That is why you see so many calling for leaderships to deliberately use them/point out their existence to attempt a form of intimidation and it never happening.

    The aftermath of America dropping them on Japan is a very good example of the true embodiment of a nuke. After that incident happened, America lost desire to ever use one again unless it’s the only option. Japan purposely does not make an attempt at becoming nuclear armed because of the type of destruction it caused regarding both the people and the surroundings.

    In advance to everyone, don’t even pull your consiracy theories out. The attitude regarding nukes came from actually witnessing and experiencing what happened. They both probably had similar opinions about them as you guys do before they were used for the first time on a living, human target. Even I can’t rightfully fully comment on that aspect. But, the attitudes stand as proof.

    Now, with that in mind… The reason nukes are merely a status symbol to any civilized society is because the moment they dropped one, nearly the whole planet would be provoked regardless of the target and reason. If you nuke one area, you basically have to be prepared and willing to nuke the rest of the planet simultaneously.

    However, that leaves the deceptive terrorists. Their goal is basically to attack anyone that isn’t one them. The retribution is not a deterrent for them. Nukes fit very, very well within their ideology.

    So, yeah. Simply possessing them won’t get you much from the majority of the world. But, if you have them within the reach of terrorist organizations… Other countries are going to respond with more than a little concern.Recommend

  • Lobster
    May 30, 2011 - 1:29PM

    “US, India would have destroyed Pakistan”

    You mean

    “Therefore, I did it for them. See, now at least I got money, Pakistan would have landed in sorry state anywayRecommend

  • Arif Z
    May 30, 2011 - 1:32PM

    Musharaff is clever.. he came to power through a coup, held on to it as long as he can… mainly, wrote a book which every one knows is full of lies, played with the peoples emotions with his anti India card when ever he found it convenient, the same guy is dying to go to India for any programs that they call for. What a shame. Why people give importance to such people who are such self centered …………! Recommend

  • Rabiya
    May 30, 2011 - 1:45PM

    General sahab!! Was it so easy for US n india to destroy Pakistan being a nuclear state!! N if our army is so worthless y all the praising?Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 30, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Gen Musharraf was a commando and Pakistan Nation expected a bold and brave reaction from him, but he proved coward and not only cooperated with US but fully submitted and extended covert deals fully destroying Pakistan. This is the result of his coward submission. All our brave people were killed, Military divided, ISI thrashed and now Pakistan is being prepared to fight with India destroying both.Recommend

  • Shamy
    May 30, 2011 - 2:25PM

    “US, India would have destroyed Pakistan”….10 years down….and US, India is still in a position to destroy Pakistan. Better to get destroyed that time, than this…..atleast the image of us Pakistanis around the world would not have been so distorted….thanks to Musharraf and his policies !Recommend

  • Inam
    May 30, 2011 - 2:26PM

    This is the best comment I have ever read on any ET blog :) You are the man sirRecommend

  • syed Imran
    May 30, 2011 - 2:40PM

    @ yousaf sahib, its not the criticism, this man sold Pakistan and today all this destruction we see is his gift and on top of it NRO.Recommend

  • S. H. Zaidi
    May 30, 2011 - 2:48PM

    ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.’
    It is time General Musharraf does some serious introspection instead of justifying his past mistakes. Apparently, he is dreaming of returning to power, instead of doing something to atone for his past sins of omission and commission. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 - 3:13PM

    @akram khan:
    Yes sir, we Indians would have have sat doing nothing. What a wishful thinking! You should thank Nawaz Sherief that you still have a place called Pakistan on the map.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 3:19PM


    We thanks A Q Khan and Z A Bhutto for that…… These people initiated Nuclear Program in Pakistan.

    We are sitting safe and sound in Pakistan, just next the most cunning enemy that is India, because of Strong Armed Forces and Nuclear Capability besides ALLAH’s BlessingRecommend

  • Subhash, India
    May 30, 2011 - 3:20PM

    @babar irfan:
    The basic fact is that Gen Musharraf’s logic was always wonky & flawed. Just analyze his actions at Agra & launching of Kargil offensive. The only plus point is his gift of gab.Recommend

  • dude
    May 30, 2011 - 3:34PM

    guyz guyz guyz..I don’t think you have to have fear about India..India has never and will never attack any country Without a reason. But it has every right to defend itself in future if there is another terrorist attack from Pakistan soil..India’s govt. and Army is answerable to public. If Pakistan can’t destroy the terrorists and their camps, It will become necessity for India to attack. and Kashmir issue can be solved only on diplomatic level. Terrorists can only kill people and not solve the issue but worsen it.Recommend

  • khan
    May 30, 2011 - 3:49PM

    As military dictators go Ayub Khan went quietly into Rehana sunset, Yahya died silently while under house arrest, Zia disappeared into hundreds of quietened pieces and Musharraf…is man just can’t keep his trap shut.

    Look Mush. you’ve had eight plus years of complete and total power. You had your chance. Now kindly put an end this prolonged state of non-stop drivel and leave us in peace. Recommend

  • Yousaf
    May 30, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Thanks to all those’s just a thought which I have shared with you.

    My concern is more when I see Pakistani Public… their condition and the future of our kids.

    Here I am sharing with you few facts from World Bank Data compared with other 4 countries.

    Google Public Data Explorer – Mortality Rate of Infants in Pakistan

    Google Public Data Explorer – Primary Education

    Google Public Data Explorer – Net Migration

    Rest you explore by yourself!! Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    May 30, 2011 - 4:01PM

    It’s unfortunate musharraf turned out to be a coward.Recommend

  • Karim Alam
    May 30, 2011 - 4:56PM

    I think we need to look at things in the context and the prevailing circumstances at that time. And I recall the precarious situation in Pakistan and it was the best decision.
    Let the history make its own wayRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    May 30, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Your analysis is perfect. The Pakistanis have lost 30k+ lives because the terrorists think thay can lay their hands on these nukes.Recommend

  • AJK
    May 30, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Musharraf was 100% correct. Our politicians have given us nothing other than hollow slogans. We need to be realistic. Musharraf is analytical, brave and bold. He made the right decision. Compare Musharraf’s time with the present era, no comparison. People are committing suecides and our leaders are again busy to given us follish slogans.Recommend

  • Maria
    May 30, 2011 - 6:27PM

    So yesterday’s man is still making up excuses for his blunders in his dictatorship. He would better advised to stay quiet and remain in London where he can enjoy his money.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Musharraf’s decisions where correct. Its the fault of Pakistani people who refused to go along with Musharraf and instead believed in conspiracy theories and sympathy for dirty terrorists. Musharraf is good man.Recommend

  • sirsiedblvd
    May 30, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Have Pakistanis thought what life would have been with antiAmerican enemy. Lets count 1) Pakistan would have been today’s Libya in 2002, or Egypt or Syria or Yemen. 2) Our friendly neighbor India would welcome US in our backyard. 3) All political leaders would have been fabricated in the 911 plot and assassinated ( that would have been good) …4) China might have, i say might , Yes Might have started war to defend Pakistan( which i doubt very much) …5) Civil war would start for indenedent province countries like ex powerful USSR broke up . Nukes would have been targeted from the Arabian sea US fleet… not impossible)…6) Pak economy would have been in even worst state than now….7) Habib Bank, State Bank, Jinnah hospital, Model colony, MCB, Aga khan hospital,WAPDA,KESC & airports would have been bombed saying that alqaeda is hiding there….8) As our army is enjoying Sharab & Kabab as seen in recent days, Afghan mujahideens & Taliban(our creation) would have fought for us( & we all would have supported in war against USA since PAK army was screwed bu US /India) only to make Sharia Islamic Pakistan to a more greater extent than whats today…9)Surly all the Pakistani assets in the world would have been seized …10) Pakistani business man would be beggars…11) Many Pakistanis would be applying for refuge status in other countries like India ( Adnan Sami etc…) & Palestinians……………. Well all above points are already going on in today’s Pakistan, with a time delay of 10 years. ….WE STILL HAVE A SLIM CHANCE TO RECOVER, THANKS TO MUSHARAFF BAD/GOOD POLICIES & JAHIL AWAMS LIMITED SUPPORT TO THE PATRIOTIC GENERAL. GM accepted the LESS & SLOW destructive policies and slowed the speed of self destruction. WAKE UP IDIOTIC PAKISTANIS …………….Recommend

  • Sohail
    May 30, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Haters keep hating him, u cant do anything better then that, enjoy attacks on ur military when ur favourite politicians do points scoring, no wonder u deserve this, mere mulk k parhe likhe jahilon!Recommend

  • observer
    May 30, 2011 - 8:12PM

    @Khalid Masood

    I can still remember jubilation of Indian political and military high command after 9/11 because they knew we Pakistanis are in a state of fix.

    And who exactly amongst the ‘Indian political and military high command’ was your host on 9/11?

    Or did you see the jubilation on a ‘palantir’ borrowed from Sauron himself?

    And why exactly were the Pakistanis in a ‘state of fix’ on 9/11? Considering that they never had anything to do with it.

    Or did they?Recommend

  • salim
    May 30, 2011 - 9:51PM

    His assests :

    Income from best selling book worldwide. I saw copies for sale at a small airport in Thailand.

    Earnings from lectures being one amongst group of elite and highest paid speakers in the world. Will anyone in the world pay to hear, for instance, Nawaz?

    Tribune: I wrote this earlier and doing it again. Please dont censor. Surely there is nothing wrong with it unless tribune has some kind of agenda.Recommend

  • Munir
    May 30, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Very well said. The nation has enjoyed best time under Musharraf. I wish we could see him leading the country once again – though present political elite has inflicted irrepairable damage to the country

    Long Live Musharraf – long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sid
    May 30, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Mark: I do agree. But when you say “ America lost desire to ever use one again “unless it’s the only option”. That only option could mean different to different countries in possession of such arsenals, especially to countries those may get pushed into the stone age. And there lies the problem. Recommend

  • ghairatmand
    May 31, 2011 - 1:29AM

    @Khalid Masood: You really think so Khalid don’t you. You know it too well Pakistan will just blackmail but dare not use the weapon. Recommend

  • salim
    May 31, 2011 - 10:31AM


    Thank you, Sir!Recommend

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