Interview: Pervez Musharraf
Giglio, Mike, Newsweek
Byline: Mike Giglio
The former president of Pakistan calls the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden a violation of his nation's sovereignty.
What do you think of Osama bin Laden's death?
I think it's a success for Pakistan and the peace-loving people of the world. Having said that, there is one downside to it, and this is the violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan. I strongly believe that, and the people of Pakistan are very sensitive to this. They are sensitive to even drone attacks coming across and violating our air-space. So this attack by U.S. forces in Pakistan is a violation of our sovereignty.
Were you surprised he was in Pakistan?
There was a possibility--yes, indeed. But his being in Abbottabad surprised me the most. Yes, that is very surprising, and it is very disappointing.
He lived in a military town near the capital. How should Americans interpret that?
Questions are being asked. And I do sympathize with those suspicions. Personally, having known this Army for so long, I know that they were not involved. But it is negligence on their part, which needs to be investigated. How is it possible that they didn't know?
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