I warned Musharraf that emergency would put our relationship at risk: Admiral Fallon

November 14th, 2007 - 8:37 am ICT by admin  
Admiral Fallon, who met Musharraf a day prior to the proclamation of emergency, was quoted by CNN as saying, “I told him the idea of doing this was not a good one and that there might be alternatives,” adding, “These actions put our relationship at risk.”

He also informed that US military aid to Pakistan is under review, as the American legislative requirements could “come into play,” potentially requiring cutoffs in aid.

A senior US official said that Musharraf had not directly informed Admiral Fallon about his decision during their Friday meeting, but it was evident what Musharraf was planning to do.

Admiral Fallon also told Musharraf that people would be “dismayed” and that “both of our countries had a lot at risk in the war on terror”, the Daily Times reported.

He emphasised his concern about “the unforeseen consequences” of the crackdown.

Fallon said Musharraf expressed “his concern about the domestic situation inside the country” and the “challenges” he personally felt he was facing.

The US is watching to see whether al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri try to take advantage of the unrest or not, Admiral Fallon said. (ANI)

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