Former Pakistan President: If U.S. Alienates Pakistan, They Will "Lose"


"The possibility as I said, at the lower level, somebody following a policy of his own and violating the policy from above, is a possibility."

Regardless of who knew what, according to Musharraf, was the fact that the U.S. raid was a possible violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, that there was never a deal struck during his tenure to allow the U.S. to make a unilateral attack on Pakistan's soil if bin Laden was found.

"I do not accept anybody getting up and saying there was a deal. There was no such deal. And that was in 2001 between me and President Bush. I personally was trying to cast my mind back to 2001 after 9/11 and in those three, two and a half months left, after September 2001, I do not remember, recollect, that I even spoke to President Bush. And besides, we didn't even discuss this issue about allowing such an action," he said.

Yet in 2007, when he was first interviewed by Cuomo, Musharraf admitted if his forces captured bin Laden he wasn't sure he would turn him over to the United States, a sentiment he reiterated during this interview, citing the complexities of Pakistani politics.

"I will not answer that in clear terms. Because there are sensitivities. You think it is very odd because you don't understand the sensitivities. You think from their point of view, from the American eyes. You see everything from the American eyes. You don't want to see things from our eyes, from Pakistan's eyes. From the people of Pakistan. How do the people of Pakistan take everything and a Pakistani government and a Pakistani leader must consider that," he said.

In order for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship to heal, and for the war on terror to succeed, Musharraf said the two nations would have to build a renewed level of trust.

"The requirement is absolutely Pakistan and U.S. relations must be good, in the mutual benefit of Pakistan and also the mutual benefit of the United States to fight terrorism and extremism. So it's a win-win for both. But if there is mistrust and we are pulling in different directions, trust me, we are losing the battle against terror," he said.

"This was a very serious fault, but let me also say that taking it to an extent that you want to alienate Pakistan, you will be a loser. And Pakistan will also be a loser, there's no doubt. The world will lose."

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