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Pak ’in danger’, says Musharraf

world Updated: Apr 19, 2009 13:29 IST

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Warning that Pakistan “is in danger”, former President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday said its leadership must take cognisance of concerns expressed by world community about security situation in the country but asserted that nobody should dictate any course of action to it. “The country is in danger and if we get bogged down in minor and old issues, there will be problems,” Musharraf told reporters at the airport here before he embarked on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

“The issue is very serious. Everyone in the world is seeing the seriousness of the issue in Pakistan. Everyone is trying to chart a course of action,” he said. At the same time, he said, Pakistan must chart its own course of action to steer the country out of the problems it is facing.

“And we have to be clear that nobody should dictate any course of action to us. We have to find our own course of action and save this country and move it forward towards progress,” he added. Asked whether he thought the peace deal with the

Taliban in northwestern Swat valley would usher in peace and end suicide attacks, Musharraf replied: “Nothing can be said (as of now). If the agreement is only for ensuring speedy and cheap justice within the Pakistani legal structure and system, then it is alright.”