BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in: World: South Asia
Front Page 
Middle East 
South Asia 
From Our Own Correspondent 
Letter From America 
UK Politics 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Pakistan 'will comply' on terror
Supporters of Muhibban-e-Watan Party make their feelings plain
Some groups oppose any US presence in Pakistan
Pakistan has agreed to comply with all United Nations resolutions in combating terrorism following the attacks on New York and Washington.

But Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar has made it clear that the military authorities do not expect to take part in any international operation outside its borders.

The government issued its statement after spending two days considering a list of demands from the United States, seeking Pakistan's help in launching a possible attack against Afghanistan.

What we have to go after is the whole curse of terrorism that is on this Earth

Colin Powell
US Secretary of State Colin Powell thanked the Pakistani Government for agreeing to "whatever might be required".

"The Pakistani Government was very forthcoming and we're appreciative", Mr Powell told reporters.

Washington is understood to have asked Pakistan to allow American forces to use its airspace and to close its long border with Afghanistan.

Ever since the attacks took place, President Perves Musharraf has firmly condemned those responsible and pledged his unstinted cooperation in combating them.

But in Saturday's statement, Mr Abdul Sattar said: "Pakistan does not expect to take part in military operations outside our border."

Fears of backlash

And, while Pakistan appears willing to allow the US to use its air space, it is less certain that the government will want American troops to set up bases inside Pakistan to launch air or ground assaults which might create a public backlash at home.

One of the main demands at this stage will undoubtedly be the provision of intelligence about Osama bin Laden, who has emerged as the prime suspect, and the Taleban authorities who are sheltering him.

There are, in addition, some suggestions that Pakistan has been asked to take action against groups supporting Mr Bin Laden inside Pakistan.

The BBC's Susanna Price
"Most people don't believe that Pakistan will offer the use of its territory"
Abdul Kader Jaffer, High Commissioner for Pakistan
"Pakistan supports the world effort to eliminate this menace"
Imran Khan, Pakistan's Movement for Justice
"I'm afraid there is going to be a reaction here"
See also:

15 Sep 01 | South Asia
Analysis: Pakistan's role in US plans
14 Sep 01 | South Asia
Pakistan weighs up US demands
14 Sep 01 | South Asia
Taleban prepares for battle
03 Sep 01 | Country profiles
Country profile: Pakistan
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories