13 Videos and 6 interviews, of General Musharraf, posted in this article
Pervez Musharraf on Facebook, “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.”
Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf called the operation by US forces to kill al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad near Islamabad a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. “America coming to our territory and taking action is a violation of our sovereignty. Handling and execution of the operation (by US forces) is not correct. The Pakistani government should have been kept in the loop,” Musharraf told CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview. “Foreign troops crossing the border into Pakistan will not be liked by the people of Pakistan. US forces should not have crossed over into Pakistan,” he said.
General Musharraf on OBL, Guardian report, 911, Indian aggression of PAK airspace v/s USA violation
General Musharraf: US Strike on Osama Violated Pakistan’s National Soverenighty – IBN Live
Musharraf: Raid Violated Pakistani Sovereignty? – Associated Press
Pervez Musharraf Views Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden death – ARY News
Pervez Musharraf’s views on Osama Bin Laden’s Operation in Abbotabad at Express News
Pervez Musharraf’s views on Osama Bin Laden’s Operation in Abbotabad at Dawn News
Pervez Musharraf’s views on Osama Bin Laden’s Operation in Abbotabad at Waqt News
Pervez Musharraf’s views on Osama Bin Laden’s Operation in Abbotabad in “Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath
Pervez Musharraf’s views on Osama Bin Laden’s Operation in Abbotabad in “Laiken” at Geo News
Musharraf on Osama – Bloomberg
Excl: Musharraf says ISI did not hide Osama – Times Now
Gen. Musharraf: No proof bin Laden was in Pakistan – CBS News Online
Former Pakistani president, Gen.Pervez Musharraf speaks to Al Jazeera
Musharraf on CNN
AP – ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf denied Tuesday that his administration struck an agreement with the United States years ago to let American special forces kill or capture Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.
The denial follows a report in a British newspaper that Washington and Islamabad reached a secret deal nearly a decade ago allowing the U.S. to conduct operations against bin Laden and two other top al-Qaida leaders on Pakistani soil.
“Pervez Musharraf has seen a media report, and let me make it clear that no such agreement had been signed during his tenure,” said Musharraf’s spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry. “Also, there was no verbal understanding.”
U.S. Navy Seals conducted a unilateral operation May 2 inside Pakistan that killed bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist. The pre-dawn raid was viewed by many Pakistanis as a national humiliation delivered by a deeply unpopular America.
In a report published Thursday, The Guardian newspaper, quoting U.S. officials and retired Pakistani officials, said Musharraf and former President George W. Bush struck the agreement after bin Laden escaped U.S. forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001. If such a raid were conducted, the agreement was that Pakistani officials would publicly denounce the U.S. unilateral action.
“The Guardian report is baseless,” Chaudhry said.
In an Associated Press interview in January 2002, Gen. Tommy Franks, who headed the U.S. Central Command at the time, disclosed a deal with Pakistan allowing U.S. troops in Afghanistan to cross the border in pursuit of fugitive extremist leaders, including bin Laden. Pakistan denied such a deal existed.
“If there is any such agreement, the Pakistan government should place it in the parliament, and if there was any agreement, the American government should make it public,” Chaudhry told the AP from Dubai, where the country’s former military ruler is staying.
He added that during his tenure, Musharraf “always rejected the U.S. request about launching raids in Pakistan.”
Former Pakistani President Musharraf Concedes Incompetence in Bin Laden Search, But Denies Hiding 9/11 Mastermind | On the Record
4 May 2011 – GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: What did Pakistan know? And were they double-dealing us? Those are the questions we all have. And earlier today, former Pakistani President Musharraf went “On the Record.”
VAN SUSTEREN: I assume you know many people in the United States are very displeased with your country that many Americans are suspicious that your country hid Usama bin Laden or that they — or that your country was incompetent in finding Usama bin Laden. What do you say, sir?
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, FORMER PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN: I can accept the second accusation, but hiding him I cannot accept, and I’m very, very sure it was not being done or ordered by me. And knowing the army, that could not have been the case. Yes, incompetence, I will have to accept, yes. Yes, indeed.
VAN SUSTEREN: How does that happen that your government is incompetent? He was picked up in a garrison city, in a city surrounded by military, and he lived rather in — it was unusual. He lived in a house that was much bigger than everybody else’s, a lot of security. How does this happen right under the nose of your military and your intelligence service?
MUSHARRAF: Well, it is very surprising, indeed. I totally agree. But high security is not an uncommon thing in that part of the country. High walls, bashed wires are a common feature in the frontier province especially. And one doesn’t really — it doesn’t at all that much suspicion as it would in other countries, maybe in the United States.
VAN SUSTEREN: But it’s a bit curious because Khalid Sheik Mohamed, the architect of 9/11, he was picked up under the nose of your intelligence service and military. How does that happen?
MUSHARRAF: Let me tell you that know guerrilla warfare and having studied this, let me say maybe populated areas are the best safe havens actually, maybe better than being in mountains unless the mountain is inaccessible as the tribal areas of Pakistan. Otherwise living in habited areas with a population, a big population, may be the safest place.
VAN SUSTEREN: The reason why I ask you this, sir, the question about the incompetence or whether it was hidden deliberately is because your country, many people in your country are now unhappy with my country because this military operation was done without any knowledge of your country. The people are critical. Is that something you agree with? Are you critical of the United States for not informing your country before we did this operation to get bin Laden?
MUSHARRAF: Well, when you say that many of our people are unhappy with your country, yes, indeed, I think so. You are right. That many people in Pakistan are unhappy with the United States.
But let me tell you when you say that is why they may have hidden a person who has declared war on Pakistan, a person who was involved or his organization was involved in many of the terrorist attacks in Pakistan which have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people.
Now if the army and ISI hid him in Pakistan, they are doing this — if they are fighting Taliban and Al Qaeda, they are doing it for Pakistan. We don’t want those organizations and we don’t want our sovereignty actually violated by those people. So people may be disliking the United States, but that doesn’t mean that their own enemy will be harbored by the army and ISI which has suffered at their hands.
VAN SUSTEREN: I might be more in agreement with you, sir, if it weren’t for the fact that your country, the ISI, is protecting the Haqqani network, which is a division of the tell ban, in the northern part of your country. So when you protect them and you are trying to avoid us getting them and they are killing American forces, it’s hard to believe that you are a full partner with us.
MUSHARRAF: Well, I think Haqqani is the son of a person who has been a great revolutionary and fought the Soviets. Now I don’t at all know, when you say we are supporting or protecting them, I don’t think that is also correct. That may not be.
But merely not operating and going against the Haqqani people does not mean that Pakistan army or ISI is supporting him, supporting them through attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. There may be a very good reason for the army not to be operating in north Waziristan. One of the reasons I can believe is they don’t want to open too many fronts.
The army is overstretched at the moment. They are operating in areas of Pakistan and we had to go into Swat, the army had to go in again, and they have pacified Swat and the other agency. And then they had to go into so many other tasks also that they were involved in floods also, and they are also looking after the eastern border, so they are overstretched.
So why do we not believe the tactical deployment of the army to themselves. And they are in in favor of Taliban and Al Qaeda? What kind of a deduction is this? This is not a correct deduction.
VAN SUSTEREN: That is not my deduction. I’m taking that from Admiral Mullen who met with General Kayani will three weeks ago and he met and said your intelligence service is protecting Haqqani. I know it is you are stretched too thin. But my country, our admiral says the drone can go in there and deal with the Taliban with Haqqani but your country is resisting and there’s a drone feud between our two countries because there’s a lack of cooperation, a lack of complete partnership because Haqqani, it’s our thinking, is protected by your ISI because you are using it as a proxy against India.
MUSHARRAF: Let’s not get involved with India. I don’t think Haqqani is being used as a proxy against India. In India there are other groups. And they are involved in India. And there is great sentiment in Pakistan to join in these groups and go across the border into Kashmir and fight the Indian army but I don’t see them involved in that.
The other point is acting against the Haqqani group, I don’t know if the army support — I can’t imagine they are supporting the Haqqani group to fight you across the border. I don’t think that is true. I don’t know what the army told the Admiral Mullen, but I don’t think we are supporting it. I am sure that they wouldn’t be supporting it. But they may not be acting against him. That doesn’t mean that they are supporting him.
VAN SUSTEREN: Here’s more with former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.
VAN SUSTEREN: What’s reported in our news is Admiral Mullen said at the core of the difficulties between our countries, and that also relates to our upset with your country about finding bin Laden there, is this whole Haqqani network and the fact they are killing Americans, and we kind resistance to us trying to go in and to get rid of this network that is killing our forces and making it difficult for the fight in Afghanistan.
MUSHARRAF: You talk about drones and making it difficult — you see fighting in Afghanistan is the coalition’s job and an national army job. We have to have success there.
And now from this side, yes, we need to fight on this side. But these people going across the border and crossing and reinforcing the Taliban on the one side, or they come from Afghanistan and they go back to Afghanistan.
I would like to say that this crossing, intercrossing on the boarder is equally the responsibility of Pakistan and coalition forces, U.S. forces and others to check. Why is the responsibility entirely of Pakistan to check this group? So it is equally the responsibility of coalition forces across the border.
Now on our side, this drone issue, you said we are not allowing it. This is the sensitivity of the people of Pakistan. If you are that keen about using drones, why don’t you give the drones to Pakistan, by the way? Give the drones to the Pakistani army.
VAN SUSTEREN: I will give you a good example why not. I will give you an example why we don’t give the drones to Pakistan. When you started the interview you admitted that it was incompetent that bin Laden was found in your country. So why would we surrender your drones to the military when we don’t have a lot of confidence right now?
MUSHARRAF: Well, drones, when you are talking of Haqqani group, you are always seeing one negative. But what about other people who are in Pakistan who were apprehended in Pakistan? Why don’t you congratulate us for that? Why don’t you say well done, and well done by ISI or well done by law enforcement agencies.
VAN SUSTEREN: We are delighted that he has been captured, Khalid Sheik Mohamed, we are delight bed that. But when you talk about a partnership, it’s like a marriage. A cheating spouse says why are you complaining about me, I come home every night, I come home to my spouse. We need full partners. The Haqqani network is making it difficult to win in Afghanistan. We need full partners.
MUSHARRAF: We are full partners. We have linkages with Taliban also. We dealt with Baitullah Mehsud in the south who was also Taliban. So we have pacified them. They were also going across. And why are we, yes, indeed, Haqqani is the last man, one man that is creating a lot of agitation in the minds of people in the United States. I do understand.
I don’t know the strategic planning or the planning of the army of moving into north Waziristan and acting against this Haqqani. I’m not privy to it. I don’t know. But what I know is the army, maybe they are staying their time to handle the situation.
But your conclusion that Pakistan is supporting is wrong. Pakistan cannot be supporting the Haqqani group. It may not be acting against them. Yes, you can accuse them of that and they must give some good reason why they are not acting against it.
The Telegraph – Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistan president, has said he frequently ran by the area in which Osama bin Laden had been living for the last six years.
Mr Musharraf said that when he was training in the military he used to go running right where the world’s most wanted man was found.
Osama bin Laden was discovered in a compound which was custom-built in 2005 a few hundred yards from the Pakistan Military Academy, described as Pakistan’s Sandhurst or West Point. The city, Abbottabad, is home to thousands of soldiers and is under government control.
“It surprises me it was next to the Pakistan military academy,” Mr Musharraf said. “The location is next to the place where I used to run nine miles, en route, maybe passing in front of the house. That is surprising.”
His comments raise the prospect that military cadets regularly ran past bin Laden’s compound.
Mr Musharraf denied any knowledge of bin Laden’s whereabouts when he was ruler of Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, and defended the Pakistan security service.
“They didn’t know where he was,” Mr Musharraf, a staunch ally of the US during his time in office, said. “One can call it a failing or a shortcoming of intelligence, but then it’s a shortcoming of both intelligences – Pakistan and the United States.”
Hours after the 9/11 aerial strikes, he was asked to make a choice. “You are with us or against us,” the then US secretary of state Colin Powel told him. Pervez Musharraf , then the president of Pakistan, didn’t have much of a choice. He joined forces with the US in the war on terror as Osama bin Laden forged ahead with his mission: Talibinisation of Pakistan. Nearly a decade later, the US’s hunt for its most wanted man has ended in the heartland of Pakistan, barely 50 km from capital Islamabad where bin Laden was shot dead in a special operation. Musharraf, who now lives in exile, in Dubai, is a worried man. One can’t discredit Pakistan and still fight terror, he tells Soma Banerjee.
What would you have done if you were the head of state in Pakistan today?
This wouldn’t have happened if I were the head of state. It is Pakistan’s security forces that should initiate such a military action, not foreign troops. During my regime, our forces have hunted down high-value targets, aided by the US and other countries, but each operation inside the country was carried out by Pakistani soldiers. It is embarrassing for Pakistan if it was unaware of the American operation against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
What is your message to the world, the sub-continent (India and Afghanistan) and to terrorist groups?
Pakistan has played the role of a frontline state to save the world from terror. Secret agencies of all countries had been struggling unsuccessfully to trace Osama bin Laden for the past ten years. Now, just because Osama is killed inside Pakistan, it doesn’t mean that the world should forget our sacrifices. Some countries have said that Pakistan is a haven for terrorists. I would like to clarify that the world cannot achieve desired results against terrorist elements by discrediting Pakistan.
Do you think the US could have conducted this operation without the knowledge of Pakistan’s government?
I am not certain whether Pakistan’s ruling government was informed or not about this operation. However, in view of the prevailing information, it seems that the leadership of Pakistan was not taken into confidence prior to this operation. No doubt the American military operation has achieved great success, but they have also violated Pakistan’s sovereignty by trespassing into the country’s territory.
Is the world a safer place after bin Laden’s death?
The death of Osama will not hurt the nefarious activities of radical elements. On the other hand, they will become more cautious. The death of Osama bin Laden cannot be considered as a satisfactory achievement for becoming relaxed.
Is this more of a symbolic achievement?
No doubt, bin Laden’s killing was a great achievement, but as I have already pointed out, we need to become more cautious and to annul the war on terror the world should acknowledge the sacrifices that Pakistanis have made.
What are the mistakes the US have made in Afghanistan?
The US has committed enormous mistakes in Afghanistan and Pakistan has had to face the music as a result of these mistakes. Time is now ripe to correct those mistakes. An American exit at this juncture from Afghanistan will further heighten the crisis in Afghanistan.
More than half the population of Afghanistan comprises Pashtoons-and when the Americans transferred power in Afghanistan, they ignored the Pashtoons. It’s a reality that all the Talibans are Pashtoons, but it’s also a reality that all Pashtoons are not Talibans. In my opinion peace cannot be restored in Afghanistan without the cooperation of the Pashtoons. After the fall of the Russians in Afghanistan, America left Afghanis in the lurch. It would be a repetition of the same mistake if the Americans dramatically exit the country. It will only heighten the crisis in Afghanistan.
You have tried to help improve ties with India. How do you rate the current state of affairs and what is your view on the bilateral ties?
It’s a reality that India is our neighboring country and geographical locations cannot be changed. Both countries need to address their burning issues, including Kashmir through political dialogue. When I was in government, both countries had agreed to resolve outstanding issues through peaceful dialogue and the ruling government of Pakistan is now pursuing my policies.
What are the challenges ahead?
Terrorists are still present in the region and in my opinion, bin Laden was only a symbol and he has nothing to do with the activities of terrorists. The war on terror can only be won by the elimination of these terrorist elements.
Did you, as head of Pakistan, face pressure from terrorist groups like the al Qaeda or Taliban to maintain distance with countries such as India?
I am a commando. Being a part of Pakistan’s military, I never surrendered before terrorists during my regime. I took every decision by prioritising the interests of my country. There may have been pressure from the terrorists, but I never let them bother me. I have not taken any decision under their pressure.
What do you think of the Indo-Pak cricket diplomacy?
Both Pakistan and India cannot deny the importance of cricket diplomacy as it can work wonders to bring the people and governments of both the countries closer.
If you had a chance to rewrite history, would you have redrawn the map to make India and Pakistan one nation?
Why? Muslims and Hindus have never been a one-nation in the subcontinent
New Delhi:Former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf called the operation by US forces to kill al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad near Islamabad a violation of Pakistani sovereignty.
“If there is a lack of trust, it is bad. We are fighting the same enemy. It is wrong strategically and the issue of lack of trust is very bad. There has to be trust between the two agencies fighting the same enemy,” he replied when asked if US claims that Pakistan was not kept in the loop about the operation against bin Laden were true.
He rubbished speculations that some Pakistani authorities were helping bin Laden and they helped him during his stay in Abbottabad, which incidentally also has the Pakistan Military Academy.
“There is no possibility of any local administration collusion but there could be involvement of some locals. There is an intelligence failure on Pakistan’s part. I don’t know whether Osama was staying there or coming and going. However, a house so close to the military establishment is a failure of intelligence of both US and Pakistan. Pakistan intelligence doesn’t have the resource that US intelligence has,” he said.
While claiming that bin Laden’s death was a victory for the peace-loving people of the world, he also cautioned that just the battle has been won but war against terror continues.
“It’s a victory for the peace loving people in Pakistan and world. His killing is a big victory,” he added
CBS NEWS – 3 May 2011
When Gen. Pervez Musharraf was the man in charge of Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden was already living in the compound where he was killed.
Amid a growing controversy about how much Pakistani authorities knew about bin Laden, and when they knew it, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan spoke to Musharraf in Dubai, where he now lives. For his part, Musharrak insists that nobody knew.
Musharraf: “I do agree that (the news about bin Laden in Pakistan) is surprising and a lot of people in Pakistan are not believing that. This is unfortunate. It needs to be investigated. Who slipped up? Why this negligence?”
Logan: “You are really asking people to believe that this all happened without the knowledge of the intelligence services and the military and that it came as a complete surprise?”
Musharraf: “Yes, yes, I am saying that and I mean every word of it.”
Logan: “It’s just very hard to believe that Osama bin Laden could have spent all this time in Pakistan, living right under your noses and nobody would have known about it?”
Musharraf: “Why you continuously saying that? I think instead of wasting time on this issue, let us agree to disagree on this point. I don’t agree.”
The general also disagreed when he was interviewed on “60 Minutes” in 2008. He was pressed on what Pakistan was doing to find bin Laden. This is what he said then: “There is no proof whatsoever that he is here.”
After the capture of bin Laden in Pakistan, and the revelation that the terrorist leader had been living there for several years, Musharraf said: “I don’t remember at all having said that he surely will not be in Pakistan.”
Logan: “You said there was no proof that he was in Pakistan.”
Musharraf: “Yes, there was no proof, obviously, and those who were saying he was in Pakistan, I don’t think they were talking with any evidence.”
Musharraf vigorously defended Pakistan’s past efforts to track down al Qaeda leaders.
Musharraf: “We have achieved successes and that should be recognized. If we continuously keep blaming the army and the ISI for what they have not been able to do, well, if they haven’t been able to do it then it’s CIA’s failure also.”
Logan: “Do you know of any other terrorist leaders wanted by the U.S. that are sheltering in your country?”
Musharraf: “Well, there may be more. Yes, there may be. Yes.”
Al Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al Zawahiri, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar are just two of the senior terrorist leaders believed to be based inside Pakistan at the moment.
(Reuters) – Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf called Osama bin Laden’s death on Monday a “positive step” but criticized the United States for launching the raid on the al Qaeda leader within his country’s borders.
Musharraf, who lost power in 2008, told Reuters that Pakistani intelligence ought to have known bin Laden was living near Islamabad. He also said al Qaeda supporters may take revenge against the United States and Pakistan.
Describing the killing as a victory for the people of Pakistan, Musharraf said: “It’s a very positive step and it will have positive long-term implications.”
“Today we won a battle, but the war against terror will continue,” Musharraf said in Dubai, where he has a home.
Bin Laden died in the garrison town of Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad, where U.S. forces tracked down the al Qaeda leader who had eluded capture for years.
Musharraf said, however, that the operation had infringed on his nation’s sovereignty: “It’s a violation to have crossed Pakistan’s borders,” he said in an interview.
Musharraf also criticized Pakistan’s intelligence apparatus for failing to find bin Laden, whose group staged the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
“It’s an intelligence failure,” said Musharraf, who quit office to avoid impeachment charges. “The intelligence ought to have known.”
Pakistani authorities were told the details of the raid on bin Laden only after it had taken place, highlighting a lack of trust between Washington and Islamabad.
Musharraf called bin Laden’s decision to hide near the capital, rather than in the remote regions of the country where he was thought to be hiding, “an intelligent act.”
At the same time, Musharraf admitted that the attack came at a time when al Qaeda’s influence in Pakistan — a front line in the United States’ fight against Islamist militancy — had been replaced by growing Taliban influence.
“Osama is a person who declared war on Pakistan and many of the terrorist acts have been linked with al Qaeda, therefore it’s a victory for Pakistan,” said Musharraf.
Musharraf, who took office in 1999 through a bloodless coup, two years before the attacks on U.S. soil in 2001, repeated his pledge to return to Pakistan before the next elections, due by 2013. He said he did not expect to face arrest if he returns, but has admitted that he fears assassination attempts.
DUBAI, May 7: Former president Pervez Musharraf has slammed the United States for violating Pakistan`s sovereignty in carrying out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a media report said on Saturday.
The former military strongman told the expatriate Pakistan community in Dubai that all “peace loving people” should be happy that Bin Laden was killed, but no Pakistani accepted the violation of their sovereignty.
“…no country will accept such a violation by the US, which undermines Pakistan`s sovereignty, army and intelligence,” Gen Musharraf was quoted as saying in The National daily. “This is not acceptable to any Pakistani individual.”
However, Gen Musharraf insisted that Pakistan and the US must work together to eliminate terrorism.—AFP