US helping with Musharraf’s security
Short of providing American personnel to guard him, the United States is providing every assistance to ensure greater security for President Pervez Musharraf following two attempts on his life in less than two weeks. According to a front-page report in the Washington Post Saturday, based on interviews with a number of South Asia experts like Teresita Schaffer and Michael Krepon and unnamed American officials, the US is also urging the Pakistani President to crack down further on Islamic terrorism groups.
I thought we had been all along. What was that Nancy was saying?
The report discloses, quoting officials, that it was the United States that sent electronic jamming devices that helped foil the first attempt on Gen Musharraf by interfering with the detonation of explosives. “Since the attacks, US officials have increased intelligence sharing and other efforts to help Musharraf’s security forces, although the United States is not providing bodyguards, a step taken to safeguard Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. FBI officials in Pakistan are helping to investigate the attacks on Musharraf,” according to the Post.
The turbans always squeal like piggies when the starched shirt brigade shows up...
The report says if the Pakistani leader was to lose his life in an attack, US military and intelligence officials believe the Pakistani army would quickly move to appoint a successor, with the most likely candidate being the army vice chief of staff, Gen. Muhammad Yousaf Khan, “viewed by US officials as pro-American and likely to continue Musharraf’s prosecution of Al Qaeda.” This is a view with which Ms Schaffer concurs as she is quoted as saying, “My assumption is the army will assert itself and shove the civilians into the background” if something happened to Gen Musharraf.
Wonder if Qazi's thought that far ahead?
One US official believes that the last attempt on the President was the work of Al Qaeda. The report states, “The CIA dramatically increased its funding to and intelligence-sharing with many countries after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but nowhere was this joint cooperation more extensive than in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The CIA has urged Musharraf to take a harder approach toward extremist groups and has been routinely sharing intelligence with Pakistan’s security services about terrorist movements into the country,” experts said.
Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2004-01-03