Thursday, September 6, 2007

It was wrong to join US war on terror, says ex-ISI chief

by Rabin Gupta from The Peninsula of Qatar

Lieutenant-General (Retd) Asad Durrani, the former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and his country's one-time ambassador to Germany and Saudi Arabia, is disappointed at the path being followed in Pakistan. A spate of internal bomb attacks, going on for four or five years, are all a result of what started in Afghanistan following 9/11. “It is obvious the fallout would be in Pakistan. It was wrong on our part to join. This is their war but Pakistan came under pressure. When Pakistan joined, it should not have been to the extent of doing their bidding, which hurt our people. That could have been prevented.” The gung-ho manner in which Musharraf responded to the US' battle cry meant that many groups in Pakistan felt isolated, the Baluchis and the Pashtuns, for example ... He said civilian governments should stick to civilian matters such as the state of the economy and allied non-military matters. The armed forces should naturally control all issues related to the military.

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