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Al-Qaeda on run from Pakistan, says Musharraf

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Aug 16, IRNA -- President General Pervez Musharraf has 
said that al-Qaeda is on run from Pakistan because of his government 
campaign against the group. 
"I know that al-Qaeda is probably relocating elsewhere in the 
world. They are leaving Pakistan. They are desperate. They are trying 
to move from here," he told the PTV "Aap Ke Roobaroo" (Before You) 
program on Monday. 
"The strategy, we are following is aimed at attacking the source of
terrorism. Source is the mastermind, and if we drive it up, I am 
extremely hopeful and confident that 50 to 75 percent of terrorism 
would be eliminated," Musharraf added. 
Talking about the anti-terrorism campaign, President Musharraf 
said, "we have achieved substantial achievements in the anti-terror 
campaign and the credit goes to our law enforcement agencies". 
Talking about Indo-Pak dialogue, President Musharraf said that pace
of the confidence building measures and progress in talks are 
inter-linked. 
He condemned extremism and narrow-sightedness and appealed to what 
he called "silent majority" in Pakistan to come forward and counter 
such elements. 
General Musharraf dispelled the impression that he takes decision 
or dictation from outside and said he does not make decisions under 
pressure. "I don`t take dictation from anyone. But take decisions in 
the best national interests." 
"I am not the kind of person who gets dictated. I have my mind and 
I have the courage to standby in front of anybody in the world. That 
will be very clear. Nobody dictates to me," he added. 
Replying to a question, Musharraf said, "there is no operation in 
the southern Balochistan province and actions are taken only against 
the elements, who are firing rockets and carrying out bomb blasts". 
Cantonments should be established in Gawadar, Koholo and Sui for 
stability and development, Musharraf added. 
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