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INTRO: Pakistan is promising the United States full cooperation in the fight against terrorism. From Islamabad, Ayaz Gul reports.
TEXT: Pakistan's military leader General Pervez Musharraf condemned the attacks on New York and Washington, calling them barbaric act of terrorism. He says concerted international effort is needed to fight terror in all its forms and manifestations.
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The carnage in New York and Washington has raised this struggle to a new level. Pakistan has been extending cooperation to international efforts to combat terrorism in the past and will continue to do so. I wish to assure President Bush and the U-S government of our fullest cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
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Pakistan is the main supporter of the ruling Taleban movement in Afghanistan, which is sheltering Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect of Tuesday's attacks on U-S buildings. Pakistan is the only country that has an embassy in Kabul.
Islamabad has denied persistent reports it is arming and advising fighters for the Taleban. But it has faced increasing international pressure over its public diplomatic support for the Islamic movement, which says Osama bin Laden is living in their country as a "guest".
Taleban officials are denying suggestions that the Saudi militant is behind the U-S attacks.
Meanwhile, new U-S ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin met with General Musharraf. She told reporters the general pledged full cooperation and said his country is with the United States.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry officials say Secretary of State Colin Powell has also telephoned General Musharraf to discuss Tuesday's attacks. On Wednesday General Musharraf called for Pakistanis in the United States to provide all aid possible, including giving blood, to victims of the attacks. (SIGNED)
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