Transcript: Chris Cuomo Interviews Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf

He's the man responsible for the killings of-- Benazir Bhutto. Since long, I have been saying, we ought to be watching him with the predators, and I-- may I say that we were denied that. We've-- that was denied, and that is why he kept growing and was later that he was spotted then with probably, obviously the drone (?) then he was killed, which is good action. Now other than that, I've been saying, why don't you give drones to Pakistan? What is the problem with giving drones to Pakistan? And Pakistan-- military or Air Force handing the drones and attacking targets? Why are you not sensitive to our concerns, to our sovereignty and our concerns?

CHRIS CUOMO: The same question can be posed the other way, Mr. Musharraf, that when reports come out that Taliban is growing in Pakistan, and that more and more people are being seen there, like the names I've given you, it does raise the suspicion as to whether or not Pakistan can take care of its own situation.

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: I've said that Pakistan troops have-- they have delivered in Bajaur and Momond agency and in Swat. They can deliver in South and North Waziristan. The other point I want to make, what makes you think that U.S. forces will deliver there? You yourself think that they are not delivering in Afghanistan and they ought to be quitting.

Everyone is talking about running away from Afghanistan, abandoning Afghanistan. What makes you think you will come and succeed in Afghanistan? There is a more hostile environment. The terrain is more hostile. So makes you think that the same U.S. forces who are failing in Afghanistan will succeed in Pakistan and Afghanistan both?

What makes you think that by spreading out U.S. forces and diluting them in space more, because already their space problem is there in Afghanistan, you add the space of Pakistan, of frontier province and travel agency, you think that the U.S. forces will now succeed. I think it will be a blunder. It will be a military blunder, and you won't succeed. And you will also cause an upheaval in the Pakistani mind that you are violating the sovereignty of Pakistan.

CHRIS CUOMO: How many troops do you think it would take for the U.S. to send to Afghanistan?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: I wouldn't be able to say that. I haven't analyzed that as-- from the military point of view. But certainly, there are ratios-- that have to be maintained in-- with respect to terrain and since it's a mountainous terrain, you need more troops. We need to raise Afghan national army, more Afghan national army, because it is the Sufran (PH) national army which can operate in the countryside.

While (UNINTEL) points are held as-- as concentrations by the coalition forces and US forces. That ought to be a strategy. I am sure that maybe a strategy. I don't even know what-- the US forces and coalition forces are doing. But the ratio has to be much more. I can't give you a figure.

CHRIS CUOMO: Do you think the U.S. has made any mistakes in Afghanistan so far?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: Well, I have only been reading in news or newspapers of some civilians being killed through collateral damage. Those are the things which cause negative-- (UNINTEL). But other than that, I don't-- I don't really know what mistakes they may have committed-- on the military. The-- the mistake that I have already highlighted, that after 9/11, they did not pursue or get closer to the Paktuns. That was a blunder on the highest order.

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