HOUSTON: The US should not try to “micromanage” Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts against militants, the Houston Chronicle quoted former president Pervez Musharraf.
Speaking in Texas on Saturday at an event sponsored by the World Affairs Counsel of Houston, Musharraf said Islamabad needs US financial support to defeat the Taliban and other extremists, but warned, “Don’t get into micromanaging how Pakistan works because we know how to do it better than you,” the Chronicle reported. Musharraf drew applause from many Pakistani expatriates in the audience when he said Islamabad doesn’t need the help of the US to become an economic power, the newspaper said.
“I am a firm believer that Pakistan is a country that has the resources and human capital to rise on its own with no assistance from anybody in the world,” he said. Contending it was the US that helped create the fundamentalist Taliban militias in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan, Musharraf said America encouraged the rise of Al Qaeda by abandoning the 35,000 ethnic Pashtun fighters after Moscow pulled out of the country. Musharraf said Washington must regain the Pashtuns’ trust if it is to bring stability to Afghanistan.