General Musharraf claims the war on terror is yielding impressive results. He goes on to say that the mountains have been cleaned up, they're on the
run, bases and control structures have been smashed, and we have broken the back of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
The Pakistani authorities have
captured more than 600 al-Qaeda terrorists. This should show that the country is winning the battle against Osama bin Laden’s network Musharraf had
This has been taken with skepticism until there has been independent verification.
The terrorists have been wiped out in Pakistan claims Musharraf
By Toby Helm and Anton La Guardia
The al-Qa'eda network has been virtually wiped out in the mountains of Pakistan, General Pervaiz Musharraf, the country's president, claimed
yesterday during a visit to Downing Street.
After talks with Tony Blair, the general said that in Pakistan - where the semi-autonomous, mountainous border areas provided a refuge for al-Qa'eda
after the September 11 attacks and the resulting war in Afghanistan
assaults on the network's outposts
had yielded impressive results.
"We have cleaned them up from the mountains. We have broken the back of al-Qa'eda in Pakistan and I say this with total conviction and authority,"
said Gen Musharraf. "They are on the run, their control structure is broken, their bases smashed."
More than 600 al-Qa'eda terrorists had been apprehended by the Pakistani authorities, he said. As a result there should "no longer be any doubt"
that the country was winning its battle against Osama bin Laden's network.
Earlier this year, Gen Musharraf announced an offensive to rein in "foreign elements" known to have been operating in the lawless tribal areas on
the Afghan-Pakistani borders. While his claims suggest there has been real progress, they will be greeted with some skepticism until there is
Gen Musharraf, a key ally of President George W Bush and Mr. Blair in the war on terrorism, earned praise in Washington last week for his co-operation
in the hunt for bin Laden - despite the Pakistani leader's acknowledgment that he had no idea where the terrorist leader was.
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Gen Musharraf seems to be doing more than the other coalition force, but he could be grandstanding either way if they’re doing what they claim well
good for them. But I think I will wait for verification.
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