Washington, Former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf says current bilateral relationship between the United States and Pakistan is at “its lowest ebb, lower than those post 9/11 attacks on the US.”
“We’re at a very poor level. I don’t think they were at this level even before 9/11, when I took over,” Musharraf told CNN in an interview when asked about relationship between Pakistan and US. “I don’t think — I had a reasonable amount of respect around if the world even before 9/11. But now they certainly are at their lowest ebb. And it is extremely disturbing to anyone who understands geopolitics,” he said.
In recent months, ties between Pakistan & US – key allies in decade-old war on terror – teetered from one crisis to the next, including strains caused by American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and deadly NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani troops.
“It is very disturbing, and I only wish that Pakistan and the United States mend fences and we move forward on a course which is in the interest of the region, in the interest of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the United States,” he said.
Musharraf said there is “no danger to the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, unless it is ruled by religious extremists, which is unlikely going to be the case. If the country goes down and it gets into hands of religious extremists as a country from the government, then only it is possible that all arsenal then belongs to them… But I don’t see that as a possible,” he stated.
Former President said: “I don’t think any religious party today is capable of winning the elections, so the other way is that they take them through force, use force. I don’t think that’s a possibility, again, with the military guarding it, with the strategic force command of 20,000 people manning and guarding all these installations and them being in very secure places and very dispersed. I don’t think it is a possibility.”