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"In the beginning it was the local Taliban, but after a few days, Pakistani Taliban and ISI officers disguised as Taliban arrived in the region and they took control of the situation," Ghazni Governor Merajuddin Pattan told Reuters.

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Submitted by Mathew (India), Aug 5, 2007 at 14:26

Few things are very much clear now and US leaders should take strict action regarding these matters ,

1) Pakistan is behind the rise of Taliban in Afghanistan .

2) Pakistan has become safe haven for Terrorists / Radicals / Militants

3) Al Qaida and Taliban Top Leadership is hiding in Pakistan

4) Pakistan has became Headquarters of International Islamic Terrorism.

5) Pakistani Taliban is plotting Terrorism and Attacks on US troops in Afghanistan

6) Pakistani Terrorist Organisations are closely allied with Global Terror Groups and are using Pakistani citizens in West as their agents to facilitate Terrorism in West.

7) Pakistani Nukes can soon end up in hands of Al Qaida Terrorists with the secret help of a section of Islamists in ISI and Army.and the threat is real.

8) Pakistani Talibaan is behind the kidnapping of 23 South Koreans , 2 Germans , 1 Indian and Few Afghans who were supporting international efforts to stablise Afghanistan.

9) Pakistan has given shelter and full support to Top Talibanis who are in Pakistan and waiting for NATO Troops to leave so that once again they could rule in Afghanistan and Al Qaida can again use Aghanistan as a base along with Pakistan for its Global Terror Activities.

10) Pakistan Leadership and Diplomats are fooling West and pretending to be allies in the War against Terror only to take billions of Dollars as latest Military Weapons and Economic Aid .

West must recognise that Global Problem of Islamic Terrorism / Militant Islam / Islamism / World Jehad has roots and closest association with Pakistan. We should wipe out Al Qaida , Talibaan and Other Jehadi Terrorist Groups from Pakistan and that will be beginning of our victory in the Global War against Terrorism.

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WASHINGTON: The Pakistani foreign office distorted the contents of President Bush's phone call to Gen Musharraf on Friday, falsely claiming that he described remarks by presidential candidates about military strikes inside Pakistan as "unsavory" and made in the heat of electioneering, it has emerged.

White House officials have taken issue with the self-serving version of the call by Islamabad, even as it transpires that the US establishment is broadly on the same page about actions inside Pakistan (that they will respond with military strikes to actionable intelligence on terrorists if Pakistan does not act) except for minor differences in nuance and emphasis.

US officials confirmed that Bush phoned Musharraf, but said the president did not criticize comments made by Democrats and a Republican this week.

"He didn't say anything about unsavory or electioneering or anything like that," a White House official told news agencies. "He said I know you've heard different things coming out of the system, basically, and you need to know we're going to work with you to defeat the terrorists."

US military strikes inside Pakistan have been going on for several months now, but both Washington and Islamabad prefer to keep the fiction of Pakistan's sovereignty going to save Musharraf's face and prevent a domestic backlash.

Bush's 35-minute phone call to Musharraf came after days of clamor over remarks from U.S officials, presidential candidates, and law-makers suggesting more punitive military strikes against terrorist groups inside Pakistan since Islamabad seemed reluctant to act, and was possible coddling such groups.

The first mention of such possible strikes came not from presidential candidates, but from senior administration officials, including Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend. It followed a decision at the highest levels of the government to publicly turn the heat on Pakistan for faltering in the war on terror.

That cranking up is already showing results with Gen. Musharraf rushing additional troops to the areas he had previously ceded to militants under a peace deal he struck last year, US officials say. Renewed fighting in the region has taken the lives of militants and Pakistani soldiers, many through suicide bombings.

Bush's phone call to Musharraf also preceded visits to the US by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and exiled Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto.

Karzai, who is scheduled to meet Bush at Camp David on Sunday, has often questioned Pakistan's bonafides in the war on terror and accused its military government of protecting the Taliban and using it to undermine Afghanistan's return to democracy.

On Saturday, the Afghan governor of the province where Taliban militants have taken 23 South Korean hostage (two have since been killed) accused "Pakistani Taliban working with Pakistani intelligence agents" of holding them captive.

"In the beginning it was the local Taliban, but after a few days, Pakistani Taliban and ISI officers disguised as Taliban arrived in the region and they took control of the situation," Ghazni Governor Merajuddin Pattan told Reuters.

Such reports of continued Pakistani backing for terrorism has riled sections of the US military and intelligence, which have been pressing the political side for a more muscular approach to the problem, including military strikes inside Pakistan based on actionable intelligence.

Some US Presidential candidates, notably Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, have plugged into this sentiment, unconstrained by the diplomatic niceties that the administration has to contend with.

Some US analysts go as far as to say the military government in Islamabad knows the precise coordinates of Taliban and Al-Qaida leaders inside Pakistan and it is protecting them so that it can regain its "strategic depth" in Afghanistan once Nato forces leave, and in the meantime milk the west for billions in military and economic aid.

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