Pak Prez Says Can't Guarantee End To Cross-border Terror
3 October 2003
The Indian Express
Islamabad: Reiterating that Pakistan was not sponsoring cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, President Pervez Musharraf today said his government, however, could not guarantee an end to the menace. 'When 70,000 Indian troops cannot seal the border... So I cannot also guarantee (it). But I can guarantee one thing: there is no government sponsoring of anything that is going on the Line of Control,' Musharraf told Time magazine in an interview. Seeking to dispel the impression that Pakistan has not done enough to root out Al Qaeda and Taliban, he said, 'This is a very, very unfair comment. We have done the maximum in the fight against terrorism. Almost 500 people have been apprehended by Pakistan.' The General said Osama bin Laden is alive and constantly on the move. Meanwhile, senior Islamic leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the military operation that killed eight Al Qaeda militants could direct Arab hatred for the US towards Pakistan. Rehman said tribesmen in the two frontier provinces ruled by his six-party Islamic Alliance were 'unhappy' with the army operation in South Waziristan bordering the Afghan province of Paktika.