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TOI: Taliban not terrorists: Pakistan
17/10/2001 11:17 am Wed
[Kalau begitu Amerika yang menjadi penganasnya? - Mat Teropong
Rencana ini pendek tapi dalam maknanya. Pakistan sudah lama 'berbaik'
dengan Taliban dan amat bimbang jika A.S. gagal menamatkan peperangan
secepat mungkin. Malah makin risau lagi Taleban mampu bertahan ataupun
menang kerana Pakistan mungkin akan menjadi sasaran. Pakistan lebih
senang berjiran dengan Taleban daripada pasukan baru(a) Northern Alliance
yang memang terbukti amat ganas dan sering melakukan jenayah yang
mengerikan. Soalnya mengapa Pakistan kini sanggup berkawan dan lebih
mempercayai golongan bukan Islam yang memang tidak boleh diharapkan?
Ia nampaknya lebih takutkan Amerika daripada tuhan... padahal tuhanlah
yang lebih berkuasa sehingga ada peluru berpandu yang gagal meledak
bila tiba di sasaran.
Taliban not terrorists: Pakistan
Foreign ministry spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan said that the
Taliban authorities in Afghanistan were not "terrorists."
"The Taliban are not terrorists. We never regarded them as
terrorists," he told a press conference hours before the arrival of
US Secretary of State Colin Powell for talks on the US military
campaign in Afghanistan.
WIRE: 10/15/2001 9:19 am ET
Pakistan Says Afghan Taliban Not Terrorists
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan said Monday it did not regard
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban as terrorists and wanted to see a short war
waged by the United States in its hunt for Saudi-born fugitive Osama bin
Laden hiding there.
The duration of the current U.S.-led military strikes on Afghanistan would
be discussed with Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was due to arrive in
Islamabad later in the day, a Foreign Ministry spokesman told a news
Asked if Pakistan considered the Taliban to be terrorists, spokesman Riaz
Mohammad Khan said: "No, Taliban are not terrorists. We never regarded them
He said he hoped the war against bin Laden and his Taliban protectors would
"Prolongation of military operations will be a source of concern to us," the
"Because with prolongation you can expect mishaps in which innocent civilian
lives can be lost," he said, adding that this would be discussed when Powell
meets Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Foreign Minister Abdul
"I am sure they will be very detailed meetings," he added.
Khan said Pakistan had been grieved by civilian casualties caused by
military strikes on Afghanistan and had noted American regrets over such
"We will again emphasize that the targets should be clearly focused to avoid
civilian casualties," he said.
Khan said Pakistan desired that the military operations in Afghanistan
"should be short and should not prolong beyond what is necessary."
But he said it was for America to determine what the necessary limit was for
Khan denied that President Musharraf had said in an interview published in
the United States Monday that he would advise Washington first to "take out"
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar before turning its attentions to bin
"The president had not granted any such interview," he said, adding that "no
such comments were made."
"Get Mullah Omar and Osama won't be able to operate. He'll be on the run,"
Musharraf was quoted as telling USA Today and CBS radio in a joint
"You must take out the center of gravity," Musharraf was quoted as saying of
the Taliban's spiritual leader. "That's what I would do if I were running
An executive editor at CBS radio news in New York said the station stood by
"It wasn't a formal interview but it was on the record. It lasted about an
hour," Mike Donahue told Reuters.
USA Today also stood by the interview.
"We stand by our story, and the interview took place," said USA Today World
Editor Elisa Tinsley. She said USA Today had a photograph of reporter Jack
Kelley with Musharraf that was taken Friday, the day of the interview.
Musharraf, whose country is the only nation that still has diplomatic links
with the Taliban, has walked a delicate line between support for the
U.S.-led military campaign against terrorism and opposition at home to
attacks on a fellow Muslim neighbor.