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General beats hasty retreat on CIA funds

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 14:49 IST

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Backtracking on the claims he made in his just-released memoir, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said the US’s Central Intelligence Agency did not pay money to the Pakistani government for handing over Al Qaeda suspects.

In an interview to CNN, Musharraf read out a passage from his book, In The Line of Fire: "Those who habitually accuse us of not doing enough in the war on terror should simply ask the CIA how much prize money it has paid to the government of Pakistan."

When CNN pointed out to Musharraf that it had broached the subject with CIA — on how much money it has paid the government of Pakistan — he said,  “You know, I don’t know whether this is to the government of Pakistan. I don’t think I wrote ‘the government of Pakistan’.”

But when pointed out that on page 237 of his book, he had in fact said this and asked if he wanted to revise, Musharraf said, “Yes. If it is written ‘government of Pakistan’, yes”. “Certainly not the government, not the government... no, the government of Pakistan hasn’t received anything,” he said.