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Pak spy agencies must be purged of 'anti-war on terror' elements: Musharraf

June 9, 2011 - Washington

Pakistan needs to "explain clearly why it is not acting against the Haqqani group" or when it will launch a military operation in North Waziristan, in order to mend ties with the United States, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said.

Noting that the present environment does not bode well for the global war on terror, Musharraf wrote in a piece for CNN: "The earlier we mend fences, the better for Pakistan, the United States, the south Asia region and indeed the whole world."

The first and most urgent need of the hour is to restore trust, the former Pakistan president said, adding that both allies in the war on terror "must speak the truth with each other very openly and frankly."

"Pakistan needs to explain clearly why it is not acting against the Haqqani group or when it will operate in North Waziristan," he said.

"The intelligence agencies of Pakistan should be purged of any elements who may not be committed to the official line of fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban," he added.

Musharraf opined that the United States, on the other hand, must trust that Pakistan is committed to fighting terrorism and that it is doing this in its own interest.

He said that attacking targets in the militant-infested tribal agencies must be left to Pakistani forces, "even if it means giving drones to Pakistan."

"Our sovereignty must be respected," said Musharraf, adding that Pakistan's army looks overstretched and maybe somewhat fatigued, therefore there is a need to raise about 20 more wings of Frontier Corps and equip them with more tanks and medium guns.


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