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US Wants to Intervene in Pakistan – Pakistani Expert

Politics Materials 12 February 2008 20:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 12 February / Trend corr R. Hafizoglu / Statements by the US Department that leaders of Al-Qaida and the Taliban are hiding in Pakistan may reflect that the United States is looking for an excuse to launch military intervention in the country. "The United States is looking for any excuse to launch military intervention in Pakistan," the Pakistani expert Abdulhey Anis said to Trend.

According to media reports publicized on 9 February, the US Administration reported that the №1 terrorist Osama bin-Laden and the leader of the Taliban movement Molla Omar are hiding in Pakistan and manage terrorists from there. On 11 February, Al Jazeera TV reported that the Afghan leader of the Taliban Mansur Dadullah was injured and detained during a battle between the Pakistani Army and Taliban troops.

The Pakistani expert believes by detaining Dadullah, Musharraf's administration tried to justify itself to the USA.

"Reports that the leaders of Al-Qaida and Taliban are hiding in Pakistan are false," Anis said in a telephone conversation from Islamabad on 12 February.

"The United States' statement that the leaders of Al-Qaida and the Taliban are hiding in Pakistan was made because they wish to launch military intervention in Pakistan," he said.

There are territories in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which are controlled not by the Government, but by local tribes and clans.

"Using these territories, Al-Qaida and Taliban move around. They may not hide in one place. It is not true that Dadullah was detained for no particular reason. In fact, the Pakistani Government was well aware of the place where Dadullah was hiding. But by holding operations now is just political action to disprove the US Administration's statements," the expert said.

Al Jazeera reported on 12 February that the Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Tarig Azizaddin vanished in Kabul. The Pakistani Foreign Minister does not rule out that the Ambassador was kidnapped in response to the detention of Dadullah.

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