Pakistan Coalition Leader On “War On Terror”

Nawaz Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, a key person in the new coalition Cabinet, told John Negroponte, US Deputy Secretary of State, there was need for a complete review of how the “war on terror” should be conducted in his nation. He pointed out the situation has changed from one in which President Musharraf made unilaterial decisons because now a representative government is in place. He told the American his nation wants peace, but in achieving that goal, we do not seek to “turn our country into a murder house.”

There are reports many members of the coalition government want to initiate peace discussions with militants in the northwest region of their nation who presently are engaged in extensive fighting with government forces. If the new government enters into such discussions for a cease fire it might upset American forces in Afghanistan which seek to have the right of pursuing Taliban and al-Qaeda forces which freqeuntly obtain refuge in the northwest area.