Highlights of General Pervez Musharraf's Address to the Nation
September 19, 2004
Asalam-o- Alaikum I am here to talk about the episode of terrorism that we have all witnessed in New York which involved 45 countries and people of all ages were killed. These were capable Pakistanis and I would like to convey my deep sympathy to their family members. America has 3 targets
Osama Bin Laden (Al-Quaida Movement)
International terrorism Now I shall share with you the kind of support that they expect from us. 1.
Intelligence - Information exchange 2.
Use of Air Space 3.
logistic Support No operations plans are ready or available at the moment. Their target from the beginning has been Osama bin Laden, and his movement. Their second target is the Talibaan. This has been their demand for many years - to bring Osama to trial. Now they have also announced a war against terrorism. We do not have any details from the U.S of the exact nature of the support from us. But we do know that they have the support of the UN Security Council. The UN resolution specifies punishment for those committing terrorism. This has been supported by all the Islamic countries. We in Pakistan are facing a very critical situation. Perhaps as critical as the events in 1971. If we make the wrong decisions our vital interests will be harmed. I have discussed all this with my corps commanders, politicians and prominent Pakistanis. Tomorrow I am meeting the tribal chiefs. I have to say that opinions are divided, but the vast majority supports us. I would say that about 15% are tending towards emotional reactions. Lets look at our neighbors. They have promised US all cooperation. They want to isolate us, get us declared a terrorist state. They have met in Dushanbe with some other countries and plan to try and install anti Pakistani government in Afghanistan. So our neighbor is busy trying to harm us. If you see their television they are busy with propaganda against us. I want to tell them to ‘lay off’. Our forces are on full alert and ready for a do or die mission. In this situation if we make the wrong decisions it can be very bad for us. Our critical concerns are our sovereignty, second our economy, third our strategic assets (nuclear and missiles),