Musharraf: US threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11


Richard Moore

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Musharraf: US threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11


Sep 21, 2006 ‹ NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said 
that after the September 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his 
country if it did not cooperate with America's war campaign against the Taliban 
in Afghanistan.

Musharraf, in an interview with CBS news magazine show "60 Minutes" that will 
air Sunday, said the threat came from Assistant Secretary of State Richard 
Armitage and was given to Musharraf's intelligence director.

"The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, 'Be prepared to be 
bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,"' Musharraf said.

"I think it was a very rude remark."

The Pakistani leader, whose remarks were distributed to the media by CBS, said 
he reacted to the threat in a responsible way.

"One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that's 
what I did," Musharraf said about the cooperation extended by Pakistan.

Musharraf said some demands made by the United States were "ludicrous," 
including one insisting he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism
against the United States.

"If somebody's expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views," 
Musharraf said.

Copyright 2006 Reuters News Service.

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