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Help us to win war on terror: Zardari pleads to US, UK

world Updated: Mar 23, 2009 15:50 IST
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Stating that war on terror is Pakistan's own battle, President Asif Ali Zardari has said it can only be won if Islamabad gets more help from the US and Britain.

"It is my war. It is my fight. It is our fight, it is Pakistan's war. We will fight it but if you help us we can do it sooner," Zardari said in an interview with Sky News.

Asked what message he would like to send to countries like the US and Britain, he said: "The message is: you've got democracy. Democracy is part of the solution but the second part of the solution is with you. So please give us the help that we need."

He claimed that Pakistan had not "received a dollar". Zardari said: Until then we don't have the tools to fight.

The President said the Taliban are not in control of any part of Pakistan and suggestions that Islamic law is being imposed in some parts of the country are just "media hype".

Zardari was adamant that settling the recent crisis over a countrywide protest by lawyers and opposition PML-N to reinstate judges deposed during the 2007 emergency was not a "climb down" and had not weakened his position as President.

The ruling PPP gave in to pressure generated by the protest and announced it would restore the judges.

Observers believe the restoration of the judges has strengthened the hand of Sharif, Pakistan's most popular politician, and weakened Zardari's position.