ISI maintains link with terrorists: Musharraf

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Pervez Musharraf - Former Pakistan President
New Delhi, Jun 9: General Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan admitted that the ISI maintains link with terrorist leaders like Sirajuddin Haqqani. Haqqani is a militant commander suspected to have plotted the attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Musharraf said in an interview to German Der Spiegel, that ISI 'used Haqqani's influence' to secure the release of Pak Ambassador to Afghanistan, who was kidnapped by Tehrik-e-Taliban supremo Baitullah Mehsud. He also added that Sirajuddin Haqqani was the son of Mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, now one of the chief commanders of the Afghan Taliban and has great influence on Mehsud, the murderer of Benazir Bhutto.

Meanwhile, Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan President said that there are chances of Pak's nuclear weapons falling to the hands of the Taliban if 'democracy fails' in his nation and world does not help. "If democracy in this country fails, if the world doesn't help democracy — then any eventuality is a possibility," he said in an interview to the same magazine. Though he added that the nuclear arsenals are safe at present.

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