Washington press conference: ‘Haqqani sahib should not use Pak for wrong activities’

Published: October 7, 2011
Musharraf says Islamabad offered to train Afghan troops; Kabul never responded. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Musharraf says Islamabad offered to train Afghan troops; Kabul never responded. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: It is unfair to blame Pakistan’s military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for the attacks in Kabul. Former president Pervez Musharraf made this statement while addressing a press conference barely an hour after he landed in Washington early Thursday morning.

The ISI is working in Pakistan’s interest, and to counter the RAW tactics in the region, Musharraf said, and urged the Pakistani media to support the intelligence agency.

Regarding allegations of the Haqqani network being involved in the attacks on the US embassy in Afghanistan and the ISI’s support for the group, the former general said, “Haqqani sahib”, alluding perhaps to Jalaluddin Haqqani, “is an Afghan citizen and he had no right to use Pakistani territory for any activities that would harm Pakistan”.

Haqqani should either leave Pakistan and go to Afghanistan, or “if he is there, he should stop going back and forth [across the border]”, Musharraf said, adding that former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani was pro-Pakistan, and had wanted Islamabad to be part of the reconciliation talks. Pakistan, Musharraf said, does not benefit from Rabbani’s death.

In response to a question about Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signing the strategic partnership alliance, Musharraf said that the KGB, Soviet Union and India have influenced Afghanistan for many years.

Accusing former Afghan intelligence official Amarullah Saleh of being anti-Pakistan and pro-India, he said that Pakistan had offered to train Afghan troops, but Kabul had never responded.


The former president said he did not advocate the ISI having a political wing. He also said that the government of Pakistan should not negotiate with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Musharraf said the TTP were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Pakistanis, burning down girls’ schools and “talking to them shows the government’s weakness”. Musharraf also condemned the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad, saying whoever at whatever level was responsible for it, “it was wrong”.

Musharraf dubbed the Balochistan separatist movement “bakwas” (rubbish), saying Pakistan would never break up.

The former army general said he would be meeting influential US senators, including head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin, Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham amongst others, to try and dispel the notion that Pakistan’s army or the ISI were responsible for the Kabul attacks.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.

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  • Syed Agha Ali Moosavi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:44AM

    The vision of PERVEZ MUSHAARF for Pakistan and specially the Taliban Crisis must always be kept in view before making any policy.


  • Farz
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:00AM

    Completely agree with Mr. Musharraf.

    Even out of office he defends this country with great vigour unlike other so called leaders on offer. We need him back as President ASAP.

    APML must win the next elections to save Pakistan and to maintain cordial relations with all countries.


  • Malik Tabeer
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:09AM

    Only Leader who can speak and being listened seriously by International Community


  • Adil
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:10AM

    And why’re you using titles such as “Sahib” for a person like Jalaluddin Haqqani?


  • Babloo
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:23AM

    So Baluchi seperatists are “bakwaas”.
    So what were East Pakistan seperatists ?


  • Apis Nimo
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:24AM

    Who is asking to give opinions on politics? Let him retire in exile. He has no hope in Pakistan. He is a criminal.


  • BruteForce
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:44AM

    What respect given to Haqqani! I can clearly see him calling OBL- “Osama Sahab”, making him comfortable in his new home in Abottabad.


  • Cycloneous
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:07AM

    Why is a former dictator giving pointers on correct politics?! This is like North Korea giving advice on democracy!

    Secondly, why isn’t he in jail?


  • Babloo
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:10AM

    US should arrest Musharraf when he is in USA.


  • Cheema
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:11AM

    Indeed a great leader – with vision, deep analysis, and courage. Policymakers must follow him. His entry in politics is keeping my hope on Pakistan alive. God bless you my dear leader.


  • Butt
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Musharraf always reads India’s scripts against Paksiatn very well and gives befitting response to.


  • Oct 6, 2011 - 8:21AM

    Trying to be relavent. I guess he forgot his role in this whole mess.


  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:24AM

    I never thought I would say this but I miss Musharraf. Recommend

  • Bipul Rajput
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:29AM

    So that brings us to the question – if this group were to launch action against India – would the ex-General also consider that “using Pakistan’s territory for wrong activities” ?


  • Mirza
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:17AM

    Mush is preparing some support in the US, so he can enter Pakistan via backdoor. He is a fugitive from law and must face the Pakistani courts.


  • Karim
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:32AM

    Well Done!. You represent the true voice of People of Pakistan on all important forums.


  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Great Leader who even out of Office is the Best Representative for Pakistani State.


  • Yousaf
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:19AM

    My Goodness!! He is treated as a President of Pakistan and talks as a President of Pakistan. What a MAN he is. I really wish him to see my president.

    He talks & world Listen!


  • biryani
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:29AM

    well we need to innovate a punishment for this man… death penalty ain’t enough…


  • Arindom
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:30AM

    “…..Pakistan had offered to train Afghan troops….”

    On what basis?? The Afghans NEVER lost a war in their History.
    The Pakistanis NEVER won a war in their History.


  • True Pakistani
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:37AM

    @ Bubloo, Moise, Mirza etc etc.

    Musharraf is the only leader in Pakistan who is sincere with his nation.

    I am sorry but this is true. Only Musharraf can make Pakistan prosporious and healthy.

    Hats off to him Recommend

  • antanu
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:43AM

    such separatist movements exist in Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal etc. in India also. Should we Indians accept their claim and disintegrate the country? Kashmir will also been gone then.So, compelled by your bias towards Pakistan, don’t give a chance to other countries like US to disintegrate India. Mind you, if US is having India in a bear hug to counter Chinese might,and if succeeded they may embrace other countries to dominate India. If US can not tolerate the rise of China, how they are going to tolerate India who can challenge them after the fall of China? Blind hate and bias only revert back to the proponents. Come to your senses. Best way India can Challenge both CHINA and US is to form a partnership with Pakistan apart froom other regional powers. This is the right to go all out and support Pakistan. This will not only make Pakistanis grateful towards India but ensure that they proceed in right direction. As a big brother we have accommodate them without showing big brotherly attitude. But the problem is that both sides have people like your mindset who are not prepared to forget the past and living in the past is like living in hell


  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:44AM

    I still remember the last words of his farewell speech, “Pakitan ka Allah he hafiz”, that now seems to be so true!


  • Common citizen
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:47AM

    This is the same person who has created this miss in the country… Who have created suicide bombers after killing thousand children in LaL Masjid… Those who say that this person should be listened again,, should go to a doctor…


  • Oct 6, 2011 - 10:49AM

    “sahib” for Jalaludin ??? holy god, and “Bakwaas” for Baloochis, you are really living in your own cocoon, man. dreaming to come back and lead the country into a full collapse and disintegration !


  • vasan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Mysh is trying to get a MRO in Pakistan via the US Watch out., (Musharaff reconcilation ordinance)


  • John B
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Haqqani sahib wow. That says it all.

    I am still snooping around the archives to dig out what is this grip Haqqani has on PAK, beside assets theory. He probably knows too much that appeasing him is the better options?


  • saba kamran
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:58AM

    first of all we need to be clear that haqqani network is also trying to destabilize pakistan and we should finish it rather then support it. Our media should also support ISI and military rather then criticizing them all the time, for the sake of national security.


  • Doctor
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:58AM

    What a joke. His brother is a doctor here in the US too. Glad he’s silent on all this unlike our friend Mush. He just says what people want to hear. The US knows his true colors as he asked to evacuate thousands of terrorists out of Afghanistan before the US wiped them clean in late 2001. Amazingly, the US allowed this to happen. Those are the same guys sitting in Quetta today causing trouble.Recommend

  • John B
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:19AM

    There is no Interpol warrant issued for him. All the talk of that few months back are now forgotten in PAK.


  • Maher
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Haqqani SAHIB… why SAHIB ???Recommend

  • Junaid
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:47AM

    whenever US pak relations get worse Musharraf’s lecture demand increases :)


  • Kafka
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:15PM

    @True Pakistani: Dear, Mr Mussharaf was unchallenged ruler of this country for eight long years. What did he do for the nation? did he (try to) root out corruption, improve literacy, health care, governance or anything? There was no load shedding in the country as the IPPs were running on US aid. He had ample time to change the destiny of this nation, but he did not, so please don’t try the tested options and look for new ones. Thanks


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Sir Parvez Musharraf is being taken extremely seriously by the international community because he is bravely defending Pakistan sitting in London. Although Imran Khan seemed to be the new messiah for the liberal youth of Pakistan for quite some time, there is a new consciousness emerging that only Sir Musharraf can bring meaningful change by locking up all religiously inclined folks in different mosques across Pakistan and making them offers they can’t refuse.


  • Ishrat Salim
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:46PM

    Give the devil its due…..what is media today…credit goes to him….no democratic govt…not even 11 years rule of Zia cud make the media free as it is TODAY…..9 years rule of this gentleman & his team was much better than what it is today….can anybody deny that…?? everyone makes mistakes & he accepted most of it…that is something new in Pakistan…who has accepted any of their mistakes…..yet he proved that he is a leader & world recognised that…that is the reason he has the honor to deliver lectures in internationally renowed institutions around the world & US…& this quality accept BB none from the present lot has…??

    So, give the devil its due…..Recommend

  • sadia
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Mushy is right!


  • goggi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:18PM

    A man with his teenager son passed through a street where women were lamenting loud around a funeral……..you go there where no water no food HayeHayeHaye, you go where pitch-dark HayeHayeHaye, you go there where blood-sucking bugs shall litter over your body HayeHayeHaye…….the teen-ager to his father, ” abba ji ohhh are they taking him to our house?
    Such is the state of Pakistani Politicians, Clergy and Aam Adami, “Blind explaining Blind what is Light…!”


  • asim
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:42PM

    @Babloo: The East Pakistan Sepretatist are called “Bangladeshi’s”….i dont know if thats good or bad……..


  • Ishant
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:12PM

    As per the Musharraf ‘separatist movement’ in Balochistan is ‘bakwas’, why has he different views on Kashmir then?


  • John
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Hope he gets an earfull when he talks to US senators. He should be behind bars. Why is he always against India. He was born in India. He is an Indian by birth. What kind of example are you setting for your people. Pakistan needs to find an objective, forward thinking visionary leader, not a divisive leader who can lead Pakistan out of its demise. There are good Pakistanis out there who need to come forward. Recommend

  • John
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:22PM

    He calls a terrorist Sahib, Wow!


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:27PM

    Former president Gen:Pervez Musharraf did excellent job as head of state & must be praised for that.Look at these politicians,what mess have they created in this beautiful country of ours.They are intellectually & financially corrupt to the core .The country has been brought from sublime to the ridiculous,yet they have insatiable appetite for accumulating wealth through unfair means.



  • John
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Musharaf, guns and bullets do not beget prosperity. You cannot be a visionary leader and I hope your people see that.


  • Adil
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Amazing to think that Bin Laden, Haqqani Saheb and Maulana Omar, amongst many others, were all in Pakistan during Musharaf’s time AND during People Party’s reign, and nobody batted an eyelid. Then we all start berating the USA for criticising Pakistan for not doing more! Why did Pakistan let them live comfirtably in Abbotabd and Quetta etc, when they have blood of thousands on their hands, including innocent Pakistanis. To hell with stragic assets… what happened to morality and ethics? Or are we only ever interested in our interests? If you decide to live with snakes, be prepared to be struck any time suddenly. That is just the nature of the beast. Even Mushy Sahib discovered this fact while crossing that bridge near Rawalpindi and passing the petrol station a few weeks later. They’re not very people to have as friends and hitmen… being short sighted, blind in one eye and narrow minded, they sometimes can’t tell the difference between friend and foe, wahabhi and sharabi, Mushy and Bushy, Karzai and kurzai.


  • Mina
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:02PM

    Being the only leader in recent times where we the citizens of Pakistan saw law & order, economic development, freedom given to media and sovereignty at a time when all odds were against us, I have to applaud this brave & intelligent man, despite all allegations against him! I’m willing to forgive his past, if he can promote a peaceful future for us all!! Salute to you Mushie.. people with biases, obviously cannot understand your sarcasm on use the of ‘sahib”… and division of Pakistan & Balochistan really is absurdity, we need to address their concerns, that doesn’t mean if they want their own country they should be given it! Balochi’s had a critical hand in the creation of Pakistan i.e. Baloch Regime.. those alive in 1947 have witnessed their role, when no Pakistan Army even existed in 47!… Mushie is saying that this absurdity is backed by RAW too.. Wake up people! we need unification & to combine a diverse society by breeding tolerance, not welcome further division!! Which nationalist in their right mind wants that? Any proud Pakistani of Baloch descent will never want Balochistan to be separated from Pakistan – even he/she knows that the trouble in their hometowns were due to warlords and fuedals such as Bugti.Recommend

  • Vikas
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:15PM

    an advise from india, our neighbour should prefer enhancing their economy rather than trying to play important role in international politics and expecting aids from US or other companies.
    I am surprised as I see most of Pakistanis are so much against US & western countries , still they welcome aid from these countries.
    Pl dont mind , if United States give you aid , how can they expect them to be against them


  • Oct 6, 2011 - 6:45PM

    @True Pakistani:
    Which part of sincerity you are referring to? Letting a foreign banker put us more into debt? Credit expansion and then contraction? Letting US trample our sovereignty? Let US take Pakistani into rendition camps? Imprisoning national hero Dr. Abdul Qadeer? Letting agents of subversion run amok in country? Washing crime scene after Benazir got killed? Please enlighten us with his sincerity because last time I check he is sitting in comfort of tyrants whom we throw out of Pakistan at independence.Recommend

  • meekal ahmed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:52PM

    You were not exactly a boy-scout in these matters, General.


  • Brasstacks
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:02PM

    @antanu: I can only say that ” Time will tell”.


  • Miqs
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:06PM

    Geo Musharaf


  • Babloo
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Meanwhile, as per some reports, Zardari has struck a deal with the Musharraf, as per which, Musharraf will be allowed to come back to Pakistan before next elections and wont be arrested in return for diving the pro-Nawaz vote . Zardari and Musharraf are united by their hate of Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Lady Gaga
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Mushy Mushy your the Man
    If you cant do it no one can!


  • Amjad
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Are you fooling others or yourself. When Musharraf tookover debt was $38 billion, when he left the debt was $37 billion. He got rid of IMF. The country’s total reserves were $600 million and whenhe left the country’s reserves stood at $17 billion. Punjab alone had a suplus budget of Rs. 148 billion, while now the Province is under debt of Rs. 350 billion. In addition rupee stayed at 60 against dollar. Now country is under debt of $58 billion. There are countless acheivements in his account, but because of the people like you we choose looters and plunderers. We deserve to be ruled by the mafya.


  • My name is indian
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Parwez Musharraf was born in india and gave war to india in kargil.what he gave to pakistan nothing.Recommend

  • Cycloneous
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:31PM

    I hope that in the end Pakistan can really become a successful modern state without the mess Mush. help create. Unfortunately, my country, U.S.A., is partly responsible for backing Mush. when we should have simply said no to him.

    It is hard to tell these days who to trust. I really want Pakistan to be a successful country, the people I have met from that country are the most hospitable and warm hearted people I have ever met.

    From what I see, the youth of the country are trying to instill change, and hopefully they will understand to not make the same mistakes as their predecessors.


  • Doctor
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:01AM

    Look, no one is denying that Mushurraf did a few things right. Later in his career, he realized the terrorist monster that the ISI had birthed was beginning to attack Pakistan. He had the courage to take on the fanatics of Lal Masjid but it was too little, too late.

    What Pakistan needs now is a true visionary who can cut through the lies, delusion, and mass hysteria and bring people together, end religious intolerance, shut down the terrorists, reduce the negative influence of GHQ and ISI, and invest in infrastructure and education. It is MUCH easier said than done. I am just writing but someone has to do this. Whoever does this will be Pakistan’s hero. Sadly, the youth of Pakistan are enamored by false idols like Imran Khan and Zaid Hamid who offer nothing but opiates for the masses – populism at its worst, jingoism at its worst, and a lack of courage to fight the real problems of Pakistan.


  • Suraj
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Do not take Musharraf for a fool…through his tough talk and grandiosity, he may appear to be doing the bidding for the Pakistani military but he is actually trying to prepare for a smooth entry in to Pakistan by trying to generate a euphoric feeling. Talk is cheap. It costs him nothng ( actually he gets paid for the bull crap).


  • ayesha
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:47AM

    “He talks & world Listen!”
    Exactly who in the world gave an impression that they are listening to him?


  • Oct 8, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Check for yourself Pakistan debt over the Musharraf era http://www.adb.org/Documents/Reports/PRM-Policy-Notes/Pakistan-Public-Debt.pdf

    Government cooked books and boast about those figures. Reality is a bit different.


  • I. Kamal
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:24PM

    Pervez Musharraf Zindabad! He is the de facto leader of the country, answering quastions which the current holders of power in Pakistan are too chicken (or too busy looting the country) to answer.


  • hamza khan
    Oct 22, 2011 - 3:29AM

    @Apis Nimo:

    for what crime?


  • hamza khan
    Oct 22, 2011 - 3:32AM


    i applaud your bold words, and am sure that pakistanis will realize the tremendous benefit pakistan saw under his rule. yes, there were hiccups, but man is capable of mistakes and errors. what separates musharraf from our criminal lot is that his intentions for the country were always clean. its when your interests and the countrys interest diverge (stand up mr zardari and nawaz sharif) that you have a bad ruler. lets leave the allegations and mistakes behind. its time pakistan be ruled by leaders like president musharraf again. and if he can somehow link up with imran khan, all the better. we need both of them to get us out of this mess.


  • hamza khan
    Oct 22, 2011 - 3:32AM

    musharraf zindabad!


  • Nov 1, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up.Recommend

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