London, UK, September 9 2008 – In a major speech at the National Defence University in Washington today, US President George Bush described Pakistan as a major battleground in the war on terror, like Afghanistan and Iraq, and urged Islamabad to shoulder its ‘responsibility’ to fight extremists. He effectively announced an escalation of the undeclared war on Pakistan which has seen an increase in US attacks on Pakistan’s territory in recent weeks.
Bush said all three countries ‘pose unique challenges for our country’ in the worldwide conflict. ‘They are all theaters in the same overall struggle. In all three places, extremists are using violence and terror in an attempt to impose their ideology on whole populations,’ Bush said.
Commenting on Bush’s speech, Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said “With usual callousness, Bush spoke of ‘success’ and ‘the power of freedom’ in Iraq while the US led invasion has caused the death of over a million Iraqis and his announcement of some troop withdrawals will leave over 138,000 US troops in Iraq.”
“His statements further confirm that Pakistan is being transformed from a partner in the so called war on terror to a target of the war on terror, reflected in the changing rhetoric from Washington and London. The increasingly belligerent attacks on Pakistan are a reflection of this fact and the Americans have already engaged Pakistani troops.”
“US and NATO forces are already fighting an undeclared war against Pakistan with attacks against the Pakistan Army and so called militants and Pakistan’s democratic government is colluding with the American administration in their war on Pakistan”.