West shifted the blame on Pakistan after failure in Afghanistan, says ex-NWFP Guv

March 27th, 2008 - 2:05 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Lahore, Mar 27 (ANI): After failing in tackling the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan for several years, the West, particularly the US and the UK, shifted the blame on Pakistan and put more and more pressure on it to tackle terrorism, said former NWFP governor Lt Gen (R) Ali Muhammad Jan Orakzai.

He said that America and Britain’s “failure” in Afghanistan sparked a wave of violence in Pakistan. “The West has failed in Afghanistan and so has shifted the blame to Pakistan,” Orakazai, a former aide of President Pervez Musharraf, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday

His remarks came amid increasing US concerns that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism co-operation may wane as the new coalition government looks set to clip the power of Musharraf, or possibly oust him.

Orakzai had resigned earlier this year, after he asked to resign as governor following brokering a controversial peace agreement in North Waziristan, the report said.

Orakzai said US demands for Pakistan “to do more, more and more” had led to the military bombing its own citizens in the border Tribal Areas, and prompting a “war of resistance”.

He added that the threat posed by Al Qaeda in the Tribal Areas had been “greatly exaggerated” by the West, and the military strikes had caused many innocent deaths and a lot of collateral damage. “There was a lot of resentment. People wanted revenge for the loss of their loved ones. It snowballed, he said further.

US officials said the peace agreement in North Waziristan had led to a threefold increase in cross-border infiltration of militants from Pakistan to Afghanistan and allegedly leant on Musharraf to remove him, it added.

“Nobody has said don’t fight terrorism. But if the US keeps asking us to do more, Pakistan will be in a critical position,” Orakzai said and added: “So leave us alone for some time and let us give the political solution a chance.”

Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif have both stated that the new government would “redefine” Pakistan’s stance on the US-led “war on terror”. (ANI)

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