President Pervez Musharraf sought to justify his emergency rule on Thursday, saying that foreign militants based in Pakistan were planning terrorist attacks around the world.
He said that Pakistan had to get our own house in order and then show its efforts to the West.
Foreigners are sitting here and are planning terrorism all over the world, Gen Musharraf said in a weekly televised question-and-answer session broadcast on the PTV.
We have caught people who had maps of European countries and targets there. They (the West) are asking us to eliminate these people, he said.
We are also concerned because these people are also carrying out suicide bombings inside Pakistan.
Gen Musharraf cited a surge in attacks by Al Qaeda and Taliban militants as well as an unruly judiciary for imposing the state of emergency.
At the time he asked his Western allies for understanding, saying Pakistan was tackling militants on their behalf.
We have to put our own house into order and then talk to the West. They recognise our efforts, the president said….
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