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United States would not rescue Musharraf, says Holbrooke.

ISLAMABAD, July 22, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has made it clear that Former President Musharraf is history and US would not rescue him. Long lingering issue of Kashmir is bilateral matter between Pakistan and India and they should resolve their issue themselves, he said this while talking to senior journalists here on Wednesday. The meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh was positive development, he said. Pakistan and India haves been facing terrorism since 1974 and terrorists and extremist are common enemies of both countries, he said. US, he said, is helping Pakistan and India in accordance with their requirements. Supreme Commander Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud is a common enemy of Pakistan, India and US, he said. Baitullah Mehsud is a very bad man, he said. When asked about Former President Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, he said, he was President of Pakistan and now he is a private citizen and US would not interfere in Pakistans internal matter. Musharraf is history and US would not rescue him, he said, adding that, US respects Pakistans judiciary and US would not interfere whatever decision to be taken by Supreme Court against Former President Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. We are not dictating Pakistan army to launch operation against militants in South and North Waziristan. The operation has to be taken by Pakistan army against militants, he said. We are not mounting pressure on Pakistan army to launch operation against militants in South and North Waziristan, he said. He said he has held talks with Former Premier Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and he and President Asif Ali Zardari have complete harmony on strategy to resolve Balochistan issue. He said his meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was useful and productive in which the Premier has raised the issue of drone strike by saying it has greater political fallout in Pakistan. US Special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan said US respects Pakistan sovereignty and territorial integrity. He said Pak-Afghan border situation were also discussed during his meeting with Premier, he said. He said he also met Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani and during the meting Director General Inter Service Intelligence Lt Gen. Shuja Pasha and Gen. Mustafa were present. US supports democracy and expression of freedom in Pakistan and President Asif Ali Zardari is elected Pakistans head of state, he said, added, President Asif Ali Zardari and Former Premier Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is unanimous against terrorism and extremism. Pakistans military establishment is very strong, he said in response to a question. IDPs should get complete security, he said. Access of Pakistani products in US market is very complicated issue and it can not be resolved immediately but US would work in this respect, he said. Replying to another question, he said, US is working on strategy to pull out from Afghanistan but we can not give time frame in this respect. Complete Patrolling of Pakistan-Afghan border can not be done, he said. Later, he announced immediate 165 million dollars for rehabilitation of IDPs and reconstruction of war affected areas of Swat and Buner. Out of 165 million dollars, US $ 23 million would be used for reconstruction of schools in Swat and Buner while US $ 45 million for basic infrastructure, US $ 30 million for community development schemes US $ 25 million for returning of IDPs and others needs. Meanwhile US on Wednesday admitted the fact that Pakistan had to pay a heavy price in war against terrorism adding undoubtedly results of Operation Rah-e-Rast are a big success of the entire nation. According to Military Sources, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke on Wednesday met Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and discussed with him host of issues on security matters. The meeting lasted for quite a while in which US envoy discussed the latest security situation, assess the rehabilitation process of the internally displaced persons from Swat, Results of Operation Rah-e-Rast, situation in Afghanistan war against terrorism and other issues in depth and length. US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke expressed his satisfaction over the results of the operation terming it fruitful and big success of the Army and Nation. US will continue to support Pakistan thick and thin in crunch circumstances, he pointed. Pakistan has to bear the brunt in war against terror and US admits it, he said. Sources told reporter that COAS briefed US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke regarding the safe and sound return of IDPs adding after the completion of the operation all out efforts are being made for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas. He again raised the issue of drone attacks with US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke thus expressing his sheer concern to halt them immediately. US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke told COAS that US will cater all defence needs of Pakistan thus provide latest equipment. US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke lauded the prudent policies of Pak Army and capabilities adding US will keep on supporting Armed Forces of Pakistan in view to strengthen relations between them. Meanwhile Talking to tribal elders of Swat and Malakand and members of NGOs and civil societies here on Wednesday, Richard Holbrooke said that the US troops are being sent to Afghanistan not for Pakistan to maintain sustainable peace and to eradicate Taliban and Al-Qaida from Afghanistan. He categorically stated that Pakistan is a sovereign country and the United States respects its sovereignty and 22,000 US troops are being sent to Afghanistan to save the world. Richard Holbrooke said that the Pakistani government and people have to complete the reconstruction and rehabilitation work in operation hit areas and US would provide assistance financially and technically. The tribal elders hailing from Swat and Malakand on the occasion apprised the US representative about problems being faced by people of these areas and assured him that terrorists would not occupy the people again as local population rendered unprecedented sacrifices during the Army Operation. US Ambassador in Pakistan Anne W. Peterson was also present on the occasion.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 22, 2009
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