Edited 31 March, 2010, 07:57
Pakistan’s Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi has told RT’s sister channel “Rusiya al-Yaum” that Pakistan is paying an unprecedented high price for becoming hostage to terrorism.
RT: Some say there is co-operation between American and Pakistani special services aimed at uncovering Taliban and Al-Qaeda members in Pakistan. Could you tell us about the scale of this co-operation, considering that Pakistan’s authorities deny that there is any direct co-operation between their military and US forces?
TAQ: In our relations with the United States we are interested in co-operation between our security services, so as to put an end to terrorism and extremism. Sometimes, the Americans say that Osama bin Laden is hiding in Belugistan in Pakistan. But when we ask them for evidence or reconnaissance data, they refuse to present this to us. However, as soon as we get information about the presence of hostile elements, we immediately undertake necessary actions. But we do not get any information about terrorist chieftains and their probable whereabouts in our territory. If the Americans have any doubts, they should try to meet us to discuss everything. After that we could take the necessary steps.