Pakistan not a source of terrorism: British diplomat

Pakistan not a source of terrorism: British diplomat

Press Trust of India

Peshawar, September 9, 2006|04:26 IST

A senior British diplomat on Friday said that Pakistan is not a "source of terrorism," and praised the country's role in the international struggle against militancy.
"It was not possible to defeat the Taliban without the support of Pakistan," Britain's Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells said at a news conference after visiting the town of Torkham near the Afghan border.

"Pakistan is not a source of terrorism," Howells said. "It is fighting against terrorism."

Howells' comments came a day after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and acknowledged that Taliban and al-Qaida militants were crossing from Pakistan to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

However, Musharraf on Thursday denied earlier allegations by the Afghan government that Pakistan's main spy agency was helping the militants.

He also defended his government's recent agreement with pro-Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border, saying it was aimed at ensuring peace through a political process instead of fighting.

Under the pact, the militants are to halt attacks on Pakistani forces in the region and stop crossing into Afghanistan to attack U.S. And Afghan forces.

Howells suggested Karzai consider a similar deal on the other side of the border.
This is the most extraordinary statement I have ever heard of.

I have not understood what this British diplomat is stating.

He says that without Pakistan's support terrorism cannot be defeated and yet in the same breath he says Pakistan is not the source of terrorism.

Indeed, why state that Pakistan's assistance is required to fight terrorism when it is not the source.

Therefore, instead of wasting Pakistan's time, shouldn't this British diplomat advice his govt to hit at the source wherever it be?

He seems to be living in a Fools Paradise. It is most ridiculous of him to think that there can be a treaty with the Taleban by Afghanistan wherein they do not attack the Western forces battling away in Afghanistan!

Mushaffar is a Moslem and the Taleban may listen to him, but to expect that the Taleban will sign a treaty to not attack what they call the Great White Satan and which is their raison d'etre of existence is most laughable!

In fact, such statements does disservice to the servicemen who are battling away and dying for the Nation and here is a man who has the gumption to state that Pakistan is not the source. Then, are the terrorists training and administering themselves in Afghanistan iteself? Kasrzai does not think so and neither do the western intelligence agencies.

And if one reads this in context with the undermentioned, the British diplomat's statement does becomes real odd.

Pakistan Offers Osama Bin Laden A Deal

September 5, 2006 10:43 p.m. EST
Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer

Islamabad, Pakistan (AHN) - After signing a truce with pro-Taliban militants on its border with Afghanistan, Pakistan is now extending the olive branch to America's most wanted man; Osama bin Laden.

Pakistani officials tell ABC that the leader of the terror group al-Qaeda, and the mastermind of the September 11th attacks in the U.S. will not face capture if he agrees to lead a "peaceful life."

Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan says that "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen" bin Laden "would not be taken into custody."

Currently, the U.S. says bin Laden is hiding in the mountainous and tribal regions on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan; yet intelligence is unable to pinpoint a specific location as of yet.

Now, ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, the former White House counter-terrorism director explains, "What this means is that the Taliban and al Qaeda leadership have effectively carved out a sanctuary inside Pakistan."
The news comes as yet another blow as the White House says America is still no safer five years after 9/11 than it was on the day it was attacked. President Bush is currently touring the country, making speeches to shore up support for the GOP during an election year.
If the Pakistani Major General's statement is taken a correct (and it should be since the interview was recorded), then it indirectly indicates the Osama is there. If Osama is not the source of terrorism, one wonders who is!
armchair_jihad said:
pure nonsense
Not surprising really - Kim Howells is a politician not a diplomat. Anybody expecting common sense/honesty from a politician really is grasping at straws.

lancslad said:
Kim Howells is a politician not a diplomat. Anybody expecting common sense/honesty from a politician really is grasping at straws.


I don't want honesty from Kim Howells, I want Kim Howells to die.

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