London: Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan would have got ruined if it would not have obeyed the United States regarding the war on terror post-9/11 attacks.
In an interview with a British TV channel, Musharraf also dispelled the impression that Pakistan’s decision to become an American ally after the 9/11 terror incident, was made in haste on a phone call.
“I did not change our national policy merely on a phone call, instead the decision was a ‘very thoughtful’ one,” Samaa TV quoted Musharraf, as saying in the interview.
The former president said that the September 11, 2001 attacks were plotted on Pakistani mountains and Afghanistan alike. Following that, Pakistan faced heaps of trouble, he said, adding that therefore, his government made a ‘very thoughtful decision’ to support the US in war on terrorism.
On the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he said he was sceptical about the involvement of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud in the murder.
“I don’t believe, even in the least manner, that Baitullah Mehsud was the one who got Benazir killed,” Musharraf said, adding that now, it was to figure out that who instigated Mehsud to do that.
To a question regarding the May 2 Abbottabad operation, he said that the Pakistan government’s reaction over US intrusion into the country was insufficient. “Pakistan’s reaction was neither timely nor sufficient,” he asserted.
The then al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed on May 2 in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city.
Musharraf called the US raid an "act of war," saying: “Certainly, no country has a right to intrude into any other country. If technically or legally you see it, it’s an act of war.”
The Pakistan government should lodge a strong protest with the US administration over the Abbottabad operation, Musharraf advised, adding that the government should also issue clarification over the presence of bin Laden in Pakistan.