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Taliban resurging in Afghanistan: Musharraf

26 February, 2007

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf Monday told American Vice President, Dick Cheney that Taliban militia was gaining strength in Afghanistan and not in Pakistan.  

He told the visiting US Vice President that coalition forces and Afghan militia have to fulfill their responsibilities on the other side of the Pak-Afghan border.

Both the leaders, who met at the Presidential Palace in the capital city of Islamabad under tight security, held talks on various issues including Pak-Afghan border, Waziristan peace deal and discussed in detail the issue of  war on terror. Musharraf  told the U.S. vice president that peaceful Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan.

He briefed him about the steps that Pakistan has taken to monitor the Afghan border, which include setting up about 1000 check-posts and sophisticated biometric monitoring system.

Musharraf made it clear to the US leader that Mulla Umar and other top rank leaders of Taliban were operating within Afghanistan and leading the militia’s resurgence. He said that Pakistan has decided documentation of the movement across the border and fence the border area at specific points.

President of Pakistan said that American and allied forces and Afghan military should also step up monitoring at Pak-Afghan border.

The American Vice President, Dick Cheney arrived in Islamabad on a surprise visit Monday.

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Interview with Jawed Ludin, the former chief of staff to President Karzai and future Afghan ambasado

Taliban would falter without help of Pakistan, future diplomat says
Saturday February 24, 2007
Jawed Ludin, the former chief of staff for President Hamid Karzai, is currently visiting family in Waterloo.

The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan would be dead overnight if Pakistan were forced to stop supporting them, says Jawed a senior Afghanistan government official.
Jawed Ludin, in a wide-ranging interview with The Record, said the focus of NATO troops on capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and his Taliban supporters in Afghanistan left untouched the wellspring of Islamic extremism in Central Asia.

"The root and the sources of terrorist indoctrination, terrorist support, terrorist mobilization, terrorist financing, terrorist training and terrorist launching -- all of this happens to be based in Pakistan," Ludin said.

"This is, in my view, the main and the biggest reason for why we have a larger, fiercer and more deadly threat in Afghanistan today than we had five years ago."

Ludin, the former chief of staff to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, and before that Karzai's director of communications, is visiting family in Waterloo before taking up his latest post -- as Afghanistan's ambassador to Scandinavia, based in Oslo, Norway.

"The whole world is here to fight terrorism, why is it they (Taliban fighters) can come in great numbers from across the border and attack us, and Pakistan gets away with impunity?" Ludin said.

Every Canadian soldier who has served in Afghanistan is viewed as a hero by the overwhelming majority of the people there, Ludin said.

His comments come at a time when the Canadian public is deeply divided about fighting in that country. About 60 per cent of Canadians are opposed to having Canadian troops there.

"Afghanistan is grateful obviously to have Canada on its side," Ludin said.

The bombings in Madrid and London, as well as the attacks of 9/11, are all linked to terrorist infrastructure in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ludin said.

"It would obviously be easier and more comfortable for all Canadians and their soldiers to be back in Canada, but life is not always about easy choices. The difficult choice is the right choice, and that's to be there," Ludin said.

The Italian prime minister recently saw his government fall over his support for keeping Italian troops in Afghanistan. The issue is widely viewed as a political Achilles heel for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Ludin is a boyish-looking 34. He was born in Kabul in 1973, and was there when the former Soviet Union invaded in 1979.

While the Mujahedeen waged a guerrilla war against the Soviets the streets and people of Kabul were left largely untouched.

The war came to Kabul after the Soviets left the country, and the once-proud city was destroyed.

"It had become a hell," Ludin said.

He fled to England, eventually earning a master's degree in political studies from the University of London. He is fluent in the two major languages of Afghanistan, Pashtun and Dari, as well as English.

He helped the United Nations organize the Bonn conference of November 2001 that laid out the democratic framework for a post-Taliban Afghanistan. He returned to Afghanistan to work for the president's office in May 2003.

"There is a large consensus internationally that it is vital for this country to become secure and stable again in order for the world to be safe from the threat of terrorism," Ludin said.

NDP Leader Jack Layton, and other MPs have called for a major change of direction in Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Those critics want Canadian troops to focus more on development work, rather than fighting.

But Ludin said both are needed at the same time.

"It's through development that you will ensure the long-term sustainability of this effort."

"You have to defeat the enemy of stability in Afghanistan in order to be able to help Afghanistan recover and develop economically," Ludin said.

The roots of terrorism in Afghanistan were planted in the 1980s. Money from Saudi Arabia was used by Pakistan's intelligence agencies to set up religious schools (Madrassas) where young recruits were indoctrinated into extremist Islam.

The Soviets were driven out of Afghanistan, but the Madrassas remained.

The Taliban came out of these schools. Talib means religious student.

Ludin said Pakistan and Afghanistan never accepted the border between the two countries when Pakistan was created in 1947.

And now Pakistani intelligence uses Islamic extremism to undermine any nationalist tendencies in the provinces that border Afghanistan.

The Muslim radicals running the Madrassas, the Taliban and Pakistani intelligence agency known as ISI form what Ludin calls an evil triangle.

"This triangle is the evil triangle that has to be dismantled if the world is ever going to be safe from terrorism" Ludin said.


Samir Afsheen Latifi, British Indian Ocean Territory - 26 February, 2007

Stop killing Musharaf...

Stop killing Musharaf... USA is not worth killing your brothers....

Burger, United Kingdom - 26 February, 2007

Taliban resurging

President General Pervez Musharraf is playing with a winner card. By giving the information of taliban resurging in summer will certainly keep awake US and allied forces in Afghanistan.Gen. Mushrarraf is a winner himself as his policies are really praisworthy and good luck to him and others who are running the show with him.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 26 February, 2007

Stop killing Musharaf...

If you are not going to post the comments then why you do you have this comments request form here next to this news. Please do not save your news paper save people they are going to read it.


Burger, United Kingdom - 27 February, 2007

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