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Monday, March 14, 2011

Musharraf says UK gave tacit approval of its interrogation techniques on > terror suspects, asks people to have confidence in Pakistan

LONDON, March 14 : Former President Pervez Musharraf says he believes Britain gave Pakistan "tacit approval" of its interrogation techniques on terror suspects.

The BBC asked Musharraf if he remembers being told by the British government that Pakistani intelligence services should not use torture on British subjects.

In a programme broadcast Monday evening, Musharraf responded "Never, never once."

An ex- Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed alleges Britain was aware he was beaten and tortured while he was held in Pakistan in 2002.

Former security official David Ormand told the BBC that Britain does not practice torture and expects that its partners also respect that.

Meanwhile in an interview with a Pakistani TV channel, Musharraf said that Pakistani people should have confidence in Pakistan as the country has the potential to overcome the problems it is facing.

He said if re-elected his priorities would be economic improvement, dealing with terrorism and extremism and welfare of the people by controlling price hike, creating job opportunities and alleviation of poverty.

He strongly opposed operation by foreign forces in Pakistan and said it is the duty of Pakistani armed forces to act within their borders.

About deportation of Mian Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia, the former president said he is not vindictive and he agreed to the deportation at the desire of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, to whom he considers as elder brother. He said Nawaz Sharif also wanted to leave the country.

To a question about promulgation of NRO, Pervez Musharraf said it had some reasons and his political supporters also agreed to it. However he said now he thinks it was wrong.

About case against him for assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf said it is known to every one that the murder was done by Baitullah Mehsood.

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