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    I thought this was an excellent speech. President Mushraff was confident and blunt as always.He's pretty much in demand these days - addressing press conferences, donners with Bush and co - interviews with everybody etc.

    But he doesent seem to lose focus on what he wants. One of the main things he wants are the F-16`s or the money back - anyone else think a deal is forthcoming on that one..

    UNITED NATIONS: President Musharraf has sought the military operation in Afghanistan "to be short and accurately targeted" to avoid civilian casualties with a "fallback political strategy" to attain the same objectives.

    Without centring Pakistan's focus on Ramazan, Musharraf advised caution in the bombing campaign, saying that "the civilian casualties in this action are getting projected more as an open war against the already poor, suffering and innocent people of Afghanistan." He said the world in general and Pakistan in particular mourns the loss of these innocent lives and sympathises with the bereaved.

    President Musharraf told the 56th Special United Nations General Assembly on Saturday "a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in the vital interest of the region and in particular of Pakistan."

    Addressing as the first speaker in the general debate, the president proposed setting up of an "Afghan Trust Fund" under UN auspices for the rehabilitation and reconstruction process. "Conditions must be created for more than three million refugees in Pakistan to return to their country," he urged.

    "To offset the ill effects of the ongoing military operation, it is imperative that we launch a more coordinated and concerted humanitarian relief effort inside and outside Afghanistan with a more generous funding. This will go a long way to alleviate the sufferings of the common Afghan," he said.

    "It is equally important that concurrently we formulate a post-operation rehabilitation programme, once peace returns to Afghanistan," he said, adding that this effort would entail, at the minimum, restoration of water management systems, reviving of agriculture through land development, reconstruction of physical infrastructure (road, buildings and utilities) and establishment of institutions.

    "The General Assembly this year meets under the shadow of a horrendous act of terror perpetrated against the people of the United States, an act for which no grievance or cause can ever be a justification, an act that must be condemned unambiguously and in the strongest words," he said. "This was an attack on humanity itself, and we all must therefore, unite for fighting this scourge."

    President Musharraf said: "Now the world has bonded itself to fight against terrorism, it is time for introspection. We owe it to posterity that in this dark hour we shed light on some dangerous and growing trends, misconceptions and misperceptions which, if not cleared, may lead the world into even greater disorder and disharmony."

    He said: "The religion of Islam and Muslims in various parts of the world, are being held responsible for the trials the world is facing. This point of view is totally misplaced. Just as all religions teach peace and love for fellow beings, so does Islam place upon its adherents the obligation to do good, to be generous, merciful, kind and just to fellow beings. The Muslim greeting 'Assalam-o-Alaikum' meaning 'peace be upon you' symbolises the very essence of Islamic faith. Islam is a religion of peace, of compassion and of tolerance."

    "Terrorism is not a Christian, Budhist, Jewish or a Muslim belief," he said, adding: "It is to be condemned no matter who the perpetrator, be it an individual, a group or a state."

    The president went on to say: "We need to ask ourselves what really causes these extreme acts around the world. To my mind it is the unresolved political disputes the world over: disputes in Bosnia, Kosovo, Palestine, Kashmir and other places. Unfortunately, all these disputes involve Muslims, and more sadly the Muslims happen to be the victims in all which tends to give a religious tinge to these otherwise political disputes. Lack of progress in resolution of these disputes has created in them a sense of deprivation, hopelessness and powerlessness. The frustration gets even worse when such disputes like Kashmir and Palestine remain unsettled for decades despite the United Nations Security Council resolutions. The question then is, whether it is the people asking for their rights in accordance with the UN resolutions who are to be called terrorists or whether it is the countries refusing to implement the UN resolutions, who are perpetrators of state terrorism."

    In Kashmir, he said, Indian occupation forces have killed over 75,000 Kashmiris attributing these killings to foreign terrorists. It is time India must stop such deceit. UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir must be implemented, he asserted.

    "Media images of the Palestinian child Muhammad al-Durrah were etched on the hearts and minds of people all over the world. It is perverse to regard the rape of Kashmiri women as a punishment inflicted in the course of war. The images of that moment when the World Trade Centre Tower came down will remain definitive for all the agony, disbelief and loss that people suffer from acts of terror all over the world," he said, adding: "All forms of terror must be condemned, prevented and fought against, but in so doing the world must not trample upon the genuine rights, aspirations and urges of the people, who are fighting for their liberation and are subjected to state terrorism."

    "To fight the extremist, deprive him of his motivation," he said. "The extremist survives in an environment where millions suffer injustice and indignity, deprive him of his support by giving the world peace, security, justice and dignity for all peoples regardless of faith, religion and creed."

    The president called for a just and honourable solution for the people of Kashmir, an end to the miseries of the people of Palestine are the major burning issues that have to be addressed vigorously, boldly, imaginatively and urgently. "Unless we go to the root causes, cosmetics will only make matters worse," he said.

    Giving an example, he said: "Consider the analogy of a tree. Terrorists are like so many leaves, you take out some, there will be plenty more and an unending growth. Terrorists networks are branches, you prune a few and there will be others and more growth. The only way to go is to go for the roots. Eliminate the roots and there will be no tree. The roots are the causes, which need to be addressed, tackled and eliminated, fairly, justly and honourably."

    "In essence, therefore, to tackle the issue of terrorism in its entirety, we need to follow a three-pronged strategy of going for individual terrorists, moving against terrorist organisations and addressing disputes around the world in a just manner," he said.

    He said after the events of September 11, Pakistan took a deliberate principled decision to join the world coalition in its fight against terrorism.

    "This decision has catapulted us, once again, as a frontline state in the battle against terrorism," he said, adding: "While the people of Pakistan have accepted this new reality, they still suffer from a sense of betrayal and abandonment, when, they were left in the lurch in 1989 after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Then also, we were a frontline state and what we got in return was three million refugees, a shattered economy, drugs and Klashnikov culture, to be faced single-handedly through our limited resources."

    "Pakistan only hopes that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and Pakistan's legitimate concerns will be addressed. Our economy again faces a crisis of a fallout of the operations in Afghanistan. We need financial and commercial support on an urgent basis and hope that this will be forthcoming," said President Musharraf.

    APP adds: President Musharraf asked the developed countries to help remove the debt burden hanging as a "millstone" around the necks of the poor and underdeveloped.

    The president urged the developed countries to legislate against deposits of ill-gotten money. He said that the restrictions must be imposed on "loot money-laundering" as imposed on drug money and recently money for terrorists is being choked.

    "The bigger tragedy of the third world countries is that their rulers with their minions plunder the country's wealth and are afforded easy access and safe havens to stash away the loot in the First World," he said and appealed to all the developed countries to legislate against deposits of ill-gotten money.

    "In fact, with the return of this looted money, many of the developing countries may be able to pay back their debts and revive their economies," President Musharraf said.


    #2
    Originally posted by Yasir -:

    I thought this was an excellent speech. President Mushraff was confident and blunt as always.
    Yasir, Musharaf made an excellent speech. Did you notice the Indian Delegation SITTNG like Pathetic Clouns on their desks. They were the only ones who didnt clap after Musharafs speech. I wonder why that was ? Well actually we all know the reason !!

    Musharaf has potrayed Pakistan on to the International Arena as one of the MOST important countrys in Asia. Well Done Musharaf !

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      #3
      Dil He Pakistani

      Yup - I saw the sulking indians at the UN but to be honest, I really didnt give a damn whether the "Bharati Cuckoo" - were crying, whining or whatever - I was more interested to see what President Musharaff would say in his speech.

      Sure enough, he was blunt and to the point as always.

      I am increasingly impressed with him - as are the majority of Pakistanis.

      I would like to see him continue as President following next year's election - just to keep an eye on the politicians.

      At last nights dinner with Bush, he was the most sought after dignitary on both US and Pak sides.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Yasir -:
        Dil He Pakistani
        I would like to see him continue as President following next year's election - just to keep an eye on the politicians.

        At last nights dinner with Bush, he was the most sought after dignitary on both US and Pak sides.
        Agreed, I hope he Continues his ROLE as President for many years to come. His control of the current situation has been exceptional. No other Leader could of Represented Pakistan on the International Scene like he has. Pakistan is SAFE in his hands.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Dil he Pakistani:
          Agreed, I hope he Continues his ROLE as President for many years to come. His control of the current situation has been exceptional. No other Leader could of Represented Pakistan on the International Scene like he has. Pakistan is SAFE in his hands.
          Yes. The way he presented the Kashmir Issue left no room for the Indians to wriggle. He spoke on behalf of all Muslims and the Third World Countries. No other leader came out for them. Well done Musharraf!

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            #6
            The frustration gets even worse when such disputes like Kashmir and Palestine remain unsettled for decades despite the United Nations Security Council resolutions. The question then is, whether it is the people asking for their rights in accordance with the UN resolutions who are to be called terrorists or whether it is the countries refusing to implement the UN resolutions, who are perpetrators of state terrorism."

            It's a good speech. Probably his best effort since the start of this debacle.

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              #7
              Although I really disagree with letting americans use Pakistan for attacking Afghanistan (and the harassment of people who oppose this view), I have to say we don't have any other possible political leader who could represent Pakistan so well. All the leaders of the political parties seem to be stupid or inept.

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                #8
                His speach was great! again I give him 9 out of 10 because he did not say "LAY OFF"

                Please listen to his speach at www.pakistanvision.com.

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                  #9
                  During the press conference when a Paki reporter try to bait Bush about "terrorism" in Kashmir as being state sponsored. Bush shunned him quickly by equating terrorism and the Attack on the Kashmiri legislature. That was indeed right in line with the clear understanding that it's the islamic terrorists that are the cause of violence in Kashmir. Shut the reporter right up!

                  What was also significant was the editor from the New republic: A staunchly right wing publication professing that "the arrangement with Pakistan is a mere flirtation, that Pakistan is a basketcase economy, sponsorer of terrorism in Kashmir and essentially an unstable country." (para)

                  It is interesting that a traditional republican/right wing/cold war mentality magazine would have such a different position that it has had in the past. I guess terrorism affects everyone.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Infoman:
                    During the press conference when a Paki reporter try to bait Bush about "terrorism" in Kashmir as being state sponsored. Bush shunned him quickly by equating terrorism and the Attack on the Kashmiri legislature. That was indeed right in line with the clear understanding that it's the islamic terrorists that are the cause of violence in Kashmir. Shut the reporter right up!

                    What was also significant was the editor from the New republic: A staunchly right wing publication professing that "the arrangement with Pakistan is a mere flirtation, that Pakistan is a basketcase economy, sponsorer of terrorism in Kashmir and essentially an unstable country." (para)

                    It is interesting that a traditional republican/right wing/cold war mentality magazine would have such a different position that it has had in the past. I guess terrorism affects everyone.
                    You should have seen the Indian reporter who questioned powell about Pak (phoren hand in kashmir)terrorism in IOK. Powells answer was posted right here dig it out you will like it.

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                      #11
                      Man the way the indians are grasping for straws is pathetic.

                      We're sorry that old vagu had to lose the drugs and the wheelchair to drag himself to new york just so he could be shunned by the world and watch President Musharaff get all the limelight.We're also sorry that vagu was stuck in a hotel room eating hotel food with a bunch of indians who were more interested in talking about his govts corruption rather than listening to his hysterical ranting on Pakistan. Unfortunately no one was paying any attention to vagu,as they were all busy watching Musharaff,Bush,Annan etc dine together along with other world leaders.

                      Keep coming back to vagu;s ranting during elections on how he doesent care about the US,yet he has done everything from begging to whining just to get the US's attention

                      He should watch himself - he looked like he was about to drop dead in new york.Damn painkillers eh

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                        #12
                        I didn't see any progress being made on the key Kashmir issue, neither did Pakistan manage to get the release of 28 F-16s which we have already paid for many years ago. It clearly shows how genuine US is in its friendship. I don't think it will be a wise move to accept compensations in terms of hefty aid packages, since that might force us to barter our some of key political goals. I hope that Musharraf would use this opportunity to boost trade ties and earn tariff reductions on our export to the Western countries.



                        [This message has been edited by Abdullah k (edited November 12, 2001).]

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                          #13

                          Good speech??? wat the __ u guys got any sense at all, mushraff turned his back on islam and the ppl of pakistan long time ago, but the current sistuation has made it clear to everyone the deaf, dumb and blind that he is the SLAVE and the USA is the MASTER.

                          While the rest of the world was still deciding if to form a coalition with usa, Mushraff without even thinking or anayslying the situation said usa will get full coorpartion(I thought Pakistan was independence and could make it own decisions) then theres the so called reward for helpin usa....wats that more imf loans to put the country into more debt or merely pay back som e of the money the usa owns pakistan for the f-16's in the 1st place....and then theres the slogan of protecting the secruity of the country and hows that going to be achieved by letting USA into the country.. hows that going to increase the secriuty of pakistan???.........then the notion of kashmir, after they wiped out afganistan who do u think will be next on the list???

                          And what abt the ppl killed in pakistan..ppl gettin shot jsut for speakin the truth.

                          And where does it say in Islam that the mUSlims of pakistan are more worther than the msulims of afganistan. mushraff is saying that the ppl of pakistan have a better right to live than the ppl of afganistan, wat is all this, its a merely call a of nationlism( a bond that does not lead a nation towards progession nor is it allowed from islam)

                          O ppl of pakistan the majority of ppl have realised who mushraff is lookin afte...his master and his own selfhish belly.

                          Put it simple mushraff and all the leadrers of the muslim countires are TRAITORS WHO LOOK AFTER THE INTREST OF THE WEST AND THEIR OWN SELFISH GREED.

                          O muslims be steadfast and hold onto the rope of islam. Join the national campagina agianst corrupt muslim rulers and bring back the diginty that this blessed ummah deserves.

                          [This message has been edited by Da_crew (edited November 13, 2001).]

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                            #14
                            arey who cares about the f-16s.they are old and out of date anyway we should get all our money back and we can buy from elsewhere.

                            musharaff has the support of all pakistanis.nationalism is what this country needs.

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                              #15


                              somehow i dont think that the ppl of pakistan are behind mushraff.......so i think ur one of the few minority who needs to asses this whole situation very carefully and see what mushraff is realing do!

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