25 Aug 2008
The leader of the main party in Pakistan's governing coalition has warned that the world is losing the war against Islamic militancy.
Islamic militancy warning
In a BBC interview, Asif Ali Zardari, who is set to be his party's candidate for president, said Taleban militants had the upper hand.
Asif Ali Zardari, interviewed by Owen Bennett-Jones
Taleban winning war, BBC News:
The Pakistani Taleban have "the upper hand" and should be put on the list of banned organisations in Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto's widower has said.Quote:
Asif Ali Zardari said, in a BBC interview, that the world and Pakistan were losing the war on terror.
"It is an insurgency", he said, "and an ideological war. It is our country and we will defend it.
"The world is losing the war. I think at the moment they (the Taleban) definitely have the upper hand.
"The issue, which is not just a bad case scenario as far as Pakistan is concerned or as Afghanistan is concerned but it is going to be spreading further. The whole world is going to be affected by it."
Mr Zardari's strong remarks came shortly after the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) put his name forward as its presidential nominee.
AAZ: Obviously whatever the world has been doing for the last ten years, it's not working. I'm not ashamed to tell you that the world is losing the war.Moderate Muslims doing bugger all as usual.
OBJ: Pakistan is losing the war?
AAZ: The world is losing the war, Pakistan being among it.
OBJ: The truth is that the insurgents are getting more territory, and they're laying on more suicide bomb attacks, week by week. Do you think they're winning at the moment.
AAZ: I think at the moment they definitely have the upper hand, and we need to do something better...
OBJ: Some people are saying you might lose part of your territory permanently to an Islamic state. Do you think that's possible?
AAZ: No, I don't think that's possible because we shan't let it happen.