No Qaeda supporters in Pak military or ISI, nope, nope...
Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said that there are no Al Qaida or Taliban supporters within the ranks of the Pakistani military and the country's intelligence agency, the ISI. "Such reports are absolutely wrong and being spread by the people who want to harm Pakistan's close and friendly relations with the United States," he added. Speaking to Christian Bourge of the UPI, Mr Kasuri said that it was impossible for such people to survive in the military or the ISI because "both follow a strict military code". He added that military personnel primarily staffed the ISI, and that President Pervez Musharraf and top military leaders kept them under strict control. "They dare not take any action which will be in conflict of the declared policies of Pakistan," he said.
"Nope. Nope. Never have, never will..."
This was actually a pretty dumb statement, on a par with the Pak ambassador in Italy denying that the 28 explosives jockeys arrested yesterday were terrorists. Stating categorically that there aren't any rogues in the military or ISI leaves the old pizzle hanging out when they're found — which is going to occur as the terror machine is dismantled.
Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-02-01