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I was termed as a security risk: Benazir

The PPP chairperson said that as a PM whenever she tried to normalise ties with New Delhi she was termed a security risk.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 17:58 IST

PPP chairperson and former Pakistan premier, Benazir Bhutto has stressed on the need to improve relations with India and Afghanistan.

She said that during her two stints as PM whenever she tried to normalise ties with New Delhi she was termed "a security risk".

In an interview with a private TV channel, Benazir expressed fears that if the situation in Waziristan was not brought under control, "Pakistani territories may be bombed like Afghanistan".

According to her, the role of Taliban was good during her reign.

"They had reached Kandahar but after I left (power) they brought Osama bin Laden who started a war against the US after gathering youth from all across the globe and trained them at camps in Afghanistan. Iranian diplomats were killed," the Dawn quoted the ex-premier as saying.

She claimed that as Leader of Opposition in 1999, she had cautioned the government to reconsider its relations with Taliban, or to tell them that "our land may not be used against a third country and if you (Taliban) cannot do so you should not put Pakistan under threat".

She said she could not understand how in the presence of 80,000 troops a few Arabs and other youths set up checkposts in tribal areas.

"Army interferes then succumbs. The best way is that we should go to the public just like the way we went to the public and normalised situation in Karachi during our period in power.

This is our own country and we need to come forward to save it," added Benazir.

First Published: Oct 17, 2006 17:58 IST