He further said that militants could gain access to the country's nuclear arsenal only if the al-Qaeda or the Taliban defeat the Pakistani army entirely or extremist religious groups win the February 18 elections. "We don't think it is possible that this al-Qaeda or Taliban can take over in Pakistan. We cannot be defeated like this," the BBC quoted Musharraf, as saying.
While addressing a gathering at a French foreign policy institute, Musharraf said he believed the parliamentary elections would be free and fair.
Boasting the success of the Pakistani Army in Waziristan, he said: "We are succeeding reasonably," in securing the border with Afghanistan, adding that there had been a 42 per cent reduction in movement across the frontier after the creation of 1,000 checkpoints.
Talking about recent violence by pro-Taliban militants in North and South Waziristan, Musharraf said: "There is no Taliban offensive... being launched."
"These are pinpricks that they keep doing - and we have to manage all of that," he added.