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Musharraf backtracks on CIA claims

Contradicting own memoirs, president says CIA did not pay money to Pak for handing over Al-Qaeda suspects.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2006 14:43 IST

Backtracking on the claims made in his just-released memoirs, President Pervez Musharraf has said the American Central Intelligence Agency did not pay money to the Pakistan government for handing over Al-Qaeda suspects.

In an interview with a US television channel, Musharraf who read out a passage from his book In The Line of Fire that said, "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."

CNN pointed out to General Musharraf that it had broached the CIA with how much prize money it has paid to the government of Pakistan.

On this the Pakistani President 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'."

When pointed out that on Page 237 of his book he has in fact written this and asked if he wanted to revise it, Pakistani President said, "Yes. I think that if it is written 'government of Pakistan,' yes," he said.

"Certainly not the government, not the government... no, government of Pakistan hasn't received anything," he said.