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?
There were accusations of collusion between extremists and segments of the Army on your watch, too. …