Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Musharraf obliged US without informing corps commanders; Former CGS talks to Hamid Mir in Capital Talk of Geo News.
ISLAMABAD: Former chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz has said he, along with other senior Army officers, opposed to give Pakistans airbases to the US but the then president and chief of Army Staff Pervez Musharraf did it without informing his corps commanders.
Former CGS and former chairman of the NAB Shahid Aziz made this revelation while talking to Hamid Mir in Geo TVs show Capital Talk on Monday night.
He said the Pakistani troops were moved from Quetta to Jacobabad for taking control of the local airbase, but we were surprised when our troops informed us that the US Army had not allowed them to enter the Jacobabad airbase. He said that after sometime, he came to know privately from a PAF officer that the US had also taken over the Pasni airbase and as the CGS, he was not aware of all these developments.
Shahid Aziz said Pervez Musharraf took most of the sensitive decisions without informing his corps commanders.
Responding to a question, he said Pakistan never benefited from the US presence in Afghanistan. In fact, India is using Afghanistan to destabilise Pakistan and this is happening under the nose of the US troops in Afghanistan, he said, adding Pakistan must say goodbye to the US war on terror now.
He admitted that Pervez Musharraf, his COS Hamid Javaid and Tariq Aziz forced him to close down the investigations against Benazir Bhutto and when he refused to implement the orders, he was asked to resign from the NAB chairmanship in July 2007. He said Musharraf was also responsible for facilitating many criminals through the NRO and he would definitely provide evidence against Musharraf in any court of law, if summoned.
Former interior minister Faisal Saleh Hayat also agreed that Pakistan must keep its distance from the US in the so-called war on terrorism. He claimed that India and Israel were involved in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.