Transcript: Chris Cuomo Interviews Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: Well, yes indeed, there was al Qaeda, and they carried out-- the terrorist attack-- of 9/11. And therefore, they had to be punished. I mean, any leader of any country would-- react in a similar manner, after such a massive-- terrorist-- catastrophe. Having said that, as I said, we should have-- caught the al Qaeda, and we should have not alienated the entire population. It comes to the political side again. While the military operation certainly, I think-- because of the terrorist attack, was-- became a compulsion-- to punish the perpetuators of that attack, which can be called genuine, yes.

CHRIS CUOMO: What are you more worried about for Pakistan, the threat of the Taliban or India?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: Both. Depends on which one is more-- more life, more life. If India's threatening to attack and punish Pakistan and carried-- carrying out-- hot pursuits and surgical strikes, certainly, India is the threat. And we will-- we will not allow it. And all the force will be used to stop them.

CHRIS CUOMO: But it seems that most of the attacks that are in the media are Taliban-generated, not coming from India--

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: At this moment. At this moment, yes, because India is quiet. But after the Bombay attack, there was a demand by the politician and the media to punish Pakistan. Certainly at that time, nobody punishes Pakistan. Our forces are meant to stop that, and they will stop it.

CHRIS CUOMO: You don't think there's a risk to the United States that if they get even more involved in Afghanistan, that there'll be more anger towards them, towards the United States in the region?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: More involvement in Afghanistan?

CHRIS CUOMO: If we get more involved there and take on another war, after the Iraq War, that it sends a message to that part of the world that once again, the United States is trying to prove that might makes right?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: You're already there. There's no other-- it's not-- you're not starting that you can think of not going there. You're already there, whatever anyone is thinking, by putting 30,000, 40,000 more troops. Nobody's bothered. It's more in your media, if more troops, then nobody in Pakistan is talking of, other than, "Why are there more troops coming to Afghanistan?" Nobody ever thinks about.

CHRIS CUOMO: Nobody ever thinks about it, why?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: Because they are not-- they think of whatever is happening in Afghanistan, let it continue. Pakistan is (UNINTEL), when there are drone attacks in Pakistan, when our sovereignty is violated, yes, then they talk about it. But otherwise, they are not even reading or they are not even interested what level of troops are maintained in Afghanistan.

CHRIS CUOMO: To correct the record about something you were talking about in the-- the briefing, the-- the idea of the money that's been given by the United States to Pakistan to help in this effort, you were quoted in the Pakistani press, saying that some of the money that we'd given you to fight the Taliban had been diverted to India. Was that your quote?

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: No. How did money get diverted from Afghanistan to India? I don't understand this logic. How does money get diverted there?

CHRIS CUOMO: I don't know. I ask you because they say it's your words.

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