We are investing in Pakistan, not in Musharraf: US official

November 20th, 2007 - 2:02 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov 20 (ANI): The US is having an investment relationship with the people of Pakistan, and not with President General Pervez Musharraf, a US official has clarified.

We have an investment in the relationship with Pakistan and the Pakistani people,” said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, adding that they would decide who would be their leader.

When asked if US President George W Bush had Musharraf as a pro-democracy ally, McCormack said Musharraf had carried out political and other reforms before imposing emergency rule on November 3, The News reported.

The US has now “taken strong issue with the actions he has taken in declaring the state of emergency,” McCormack told reporters.

The move undermined US interests, he said, referring to Washington’s stand that Pakistan’s democratic development is the best way to keep religious extremism at bay.

Replying to a question on what options does US is having to prevent Pakistani nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands, McCormack said: The major responsibility for that falls with the Pakistani Government. They have made public comments to the effect that the arsenal is secure, that they have taken a number of different steps to ensure that.

We ourselves see no indication that — to indicate to the contrary that its secure. We obviously have an interest in seeing that it is secure, he added. (ANI)

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