Musharraf tried to use us to negotiate with Mullah Omar: Fazlur Rehman

Published: November 13, 2010
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Musharraf asked MMA to America’s bidding with the Taliban leader

Musharraf asked MMA to America’s bidding with the Taliban leader

ISLAMABAD: General (R) Pervez Musharraf asked the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) to meet Mullah Omar in Kandahar after the 2001 terror attacks in the United States, according to JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

He said that the former president had urged the MMA leaders to persuade Mullah Omar to agree to Musharraf’s demands, which were identical to the ones made by former President Bush. Rehman claimed that the six-party alliance had decided against going to Kandahar because they suspected that Musharraf was using them to do America’s bidding.

According to media reports, the US had demanded that Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden. But this was not the first time the US had tried to approach Taliban leadership via Pakistan. After the terror attack outside US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1988, the Clinton administration had pressurised Nawaz Sharif and then DG ISI Lieutenant-General Ziauddin to help in a US organised commando raid to capture Bin Laden and bring him to the US for a trial.

Nawaz Sharif was reluctant to do so because he feared that Musharraf, the then chief of army staff, would not support him. However, after the Kargil war the US persuaded Sharif to send Ziauddin to meet Mullah Omar in Kandahar.

Reportedly, Mullah Omar refused to hand over Bin Laden to the US but agreed to expel him to another Muslim country. When Musharraf learned of this, he was livid with Sharif for not keeping him in the loop.

It is reported that Musharraf then sent his Chief of General Staff, Mohammad Aziz, and Maulana Fazlur Rehman to Kandahar to tell Mullah Omar that he should not carry out any instructions received from Ziauddin. Musharraf only sent his fellow coup maker General Mehmood to convince Mullah Omar to hand over Bin Laden when he succumbed to all of Richard Armitage’s demands after 9/11.

However, it is widely reported that General Mehmood asked Mullah Omar not to hand over bin Laden and advised the Americans to negotiate with Taliban leadership. General Mehmood was sacked by Musharraf on October 7, 2001.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman remained tight lipped about the negotiations, but confirmed that Musharraf did attempt to use the MMA to negotiate with Taliban at the behest of the United States.

The full interview was aired on Friday and will be repeated  today  on FACE OFF, Express 24×7.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Aristo
    Nov 13, 2010 - 11:11AM

    Don’t we all know this already?Recommend

  • Babruk
    Nov 13, 2010 - 12:11PM

    I hate these hypocrite mullas. they were close buddy of the dictators now they are trying to act clean. they had always been the allies of dictators and army. they are anathema to our country. I hate the whole tribe of themRecommend

  • srinivasan
    Nov 13, 2010 - 12:25PM

    Ha Ha, Now more dirty linens are washed in the public in the “Land of the pure”. All these problems are due to the leaders of Pakistan, past and present, who do not command any respect both within and outside the country due to their sleezy deals, corruption, support to terrorism and Afgan policy.Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2010 - 6:18PM

    .. and now he tell us, when Mushy is not in Pakistan. If OBL was handed over, wouldn’t it been a better place we are living in now. Most of all, someone should ask him, how MMA grouped the TTP in their area of control when they were in power after the LFO. Recommend

  • Athar Mumtaz
    Nov 14, 2010 - 9:02AM

    I say welcome your newly born newspaper….i appreciate your effortsRecommend

  • IZ
    Nov 15, 2010 - 11:54AM

    So basically what we are hearing is that if Musharraf had not undermined the first effort by Nawaz Sharif, then Osama Bin Laden would have left Afghanistan and America would never have invaded Afghanistan? Or after 9/11 if General Mahmoud had actually followed orders, Bin Laden would have been arrested and America would never have invaded Afghanistan? So whose fault is it that Afghanistan was invaded and so many of our fellow Muslims killed? The same organization that is now getting $2 billion a year to support the American occupation. Pak Fauj Zindabad!Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Nov 15, 2010 - 12:09PM

    LOL..this guy is already famous for changing positions. These kind of politicians can sell/do anything to fulfill their desires.Recommend

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