Militants linked to Al-Qaeda already warned the newly elected Pakistani government that they would strike more viciously if Musharraf’s War on Terror continued.
Pakistani policemen carry an injured colleague into hospital on the outskirts of Peshawar. Taliban militants have said they were ready for peace talks with Pakistan’s new government, but only if it rejects President Pervez Musharraf’s “war on terror” in the country’s tribal belt. (AFP)
The newly elected Pakistani government called for an end to military operations against the Taliban and apologized to the terrorists for past atrocities by the Musharraf government.
The AP reported:
The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, which will lead the new government, called for an end to military operations against insurgents in another restive area — the southwestern province of Baluchistan where the Afghan government believes the leadership of the Afghan Taliban may be hiding.
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…The spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban told The Associated Press by telephone that his group welcomed the electoral victory of anti-Musharraf parties and was anxious to talk with the winners about ways to bring peace to the lawless tribal areas, where U.S. officials believe Osama bin Laden himself may be hiding.
The (PPP) party also apologized to the people of Baluchistan for “the atrocities and injustices committed against them” by government forces. The statement called for “maximum provincial autonomy” for Baluchistan and Pakistan’s three other provinces.
The Three Amigos (Senators Kerry, Biden and Hagel) urged Musharraf to step down.