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Karzai's thought of US-Pak war 'ridiculous, preposterous': Musharraf


October 27, 2011 - Washington

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has termed Afghan President Hamid Karzai's controversial statement that his county would stand by Pakistan in case the United States attacked it, as 'preposterous'.

"God forbid, if there is a war between Pakistan and US, Afghanistan would stand by Pakistan," Karzai had said in an interview with a Pakistani news channel last week.

Commenting on Karzai's remarks, Musharraf thanked the Afghan leader for giving a pro-Pakistan statement, but called the idea of war between the US and Pakistan 'ridiculous and preposterous'.

"Karzai's statement - first of all, let me thank him, for the first time, giving a pro-Pakistan statement. But, however, the statement that he will support Pakistan against United States is most preposterous, I would say. I find this idea itself very preposterous," Musharraf said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

"Is he visualizing some kind of war between the United States and Pakistan? It's ridiculous and preposterous. The thought of it is preposterous. So therefore, I wouldn't like to even answer this; I find this a very, very strange idea. Who has propounded this idea? And God forbid, I mean, this can never happen. So why comment?" he added.

Musharraf also urged Karzai to focus on taking on Afghan militant groups instead of announcing his country's support to Pakistan.

"And thank you very much. Please look after the Taliban and Al-Qaida; that is enough. Don't support Pakistan. Pakistan will look after itself," the former president said.

ANI

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