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‘We created, nurtured terrorists’ – Zardari

Posted by :) on July 10, 2009


Zardari First Pak Head Of State To Admit Using Militancy For Tactical Ends

Omer Farooq Khan | TNN

Islamabad: In an astonishingly candid admission—a first by any Pakistani head of state—President Asif Ali Zardari has said militants and terrorists were wilfully created by past Pakistani governments and nurtured as part of a policy to achieve tactical objectives.
“Militants and extremists emerged on the national scene and challenged the state not because the civil bureaucracy was weakened and demoralised but because they were deliberately created and nurtured as a policy to achieve short-term tactical objectives. Let’s be truthful and make a candid admission of the reality,’’ he
said at a gathering of civil servants in Islamabad on Tuesday night.
“The terrorists of today were heroes of yesteryear until 9/11 occurred and they began to haunt us as well,’’ Zardari said, emphasising that Pakistan could not be left alone at this stage of the war on terror. He also pointedly said that future gen
erations would not forgive the current leadership if it did not take corrective measures.
India has long charged Pakistan with sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir by providing arms, ammunition and training to militants who have been engaged in a war of secession. Zardari’s admission is bound to cre
ate a major flutter in Islamabad, especially within the army, which has historically been the author of Pakistan’s India policy.
“Pakistan is a frontline state in the war against terror and we have pledged to eliminate this scourge. I have taken charge of the country at a difficult time and will meet the challenges facing the country,’’ he said. Criticising the former military rulers of Pakistan—in itself an act of derring-do—Zardari said concentration of power in one individual was against the spirit of democracy and good governance.

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2 Responses to “‘We created, nurtured terrorists’ – Zardari”

  1. javed said

    Mr. author , Zardari is brave man ; he has got Pakistan in very critical situation ; Pakistan was a brink of collapse at time when PPP and president Zardari came into power last year ; There is no doubt that Pakistan at the wishes of western powers helped Islamic militants to defeat Russia ; and now same Islamic militants have become throat cutters and want to take over Islamic republic of Pakistan ; Mr. Zardari is trying to clear all mess of last 60 years ; He speaks truth and admits the facts ; But Mr. author do not confuse situation , Pakistan never initiated militancy in India or Kashmir ; India is already facing 9 liberation movements for last 60 years in its different provinces and states ; Rather it was India which nurtured mukti bhani in eastern Pakistan and converted it into Bangladesh ; RAW agents are still working in Balochistan and tribal areas ; But Mr Zardari want to extend hand of love and peace to India to create peaceful future for next generations of both countries .

  2. Ayesha Khan said

    Pl recall what Hillary Clinton said

    ‘We can point fingers at the Pakistanis. I did some yesterday frankly. And it’s merited because we are wondering why they just don’t go out there and deal with these people,’ said Mrs Clinton while referring to an earlier hearing in which she said that Pakistan posed a ‘mortal threat’ to the world.

    ‘But the problems we face now to some extent we have to take responsibility for, having contributed to it. We also have a history of kind of moving in and out of Pakistan,’ she said.

    ‘Let’s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago… and we did it because we were locked in a struggle with the Soviet Union.’

    ‘They invaded Afghanistan… and we did not want to see them control Central Asia and we went to work… and it was President Reagan in partnership with Congress led by Democrats who said you know what it sounds like a pretty good idea… let’s deal with the ISI and the Pakistan military and let’s go recruit these mujahideen.’

    ‘And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union.’

    ‘And guess what … they (Soviets) retreated … they lost billions of dollars and it led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.’

    ‘So there is a very strong argument which is… it wasn’t a bad investment in terms of Soviet Union but let’s be careful with what we sow… because we will harvest.’

    ‘So we then left Pakistan … We said okay fine you deal with the Stingers that we left all over your country… you deal with the mines that are along the border and… by the way we don’t want to have anything to do with you… in fact we’re sanctioning you… So we stopped dealing with the Pakistani military and with ISI and we now are making up for a lot of lost time.’

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