Friday, April 22, 2005

A Tale of Three Generals

Make of this what you will..

General Pervez Musharraf Nishan-I-Imtiaz (Military), Tamgha-i-Basalat
News report: “Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is alive and is hiding somewhere in the inaccessible Pakistan-Afghan tribal belt, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said.

Osama is alive and I am cent per cent sure that he is hiding in the Pakistani-Afghan tribal belt," Musharraf said in an interview with CNN that will be telecast on Saturday, reports Online news agency.
Musharraf said the tribal areas on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border stretched to difficult mountain ranges where it would be very hard to locate Osama due to lack of communication infrastructure. The Pakistani government is developing the infrastructure there to hunt down Osama and the remnants of the Al-Qaeda, he said”.

Lt. General David Barno, Head of US forces in Afghanistan
News report: ‘Lt. Gen. Barno… has encouraged Pakistan to expand its military operations against militants on its side of the mountainous frontier’.

Lt GenSafdar Hussain, Commander of 70,000 Pakistan soldiers in Waziristan
News report: [Lt-Gen Safdar Hussain] described as 'highly irresponsible' remarks by a US general that Pakistan was planning an army operation against militants in North Waziristan. "It is a figment of his imagination. No operation is being launched in North Waziristan. This is highly irresponsible on his part. This is unwarranted and I condemn it," Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Safdar Hussain told reporters. …Gen Hussain also said was sure al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not hiding in Pakistan.

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