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Musharraf Says UK Complicit in Torture

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TEHRAN, March 15 (ICANA) – Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf says Britain has been the United States' accomplice in the torture of terror suspects in a third country such as Pakistan.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:48:21 PM
Musharraf Says UK Complicit in Torture

Musharraf told the state-run BBC on Monday that British authorities had sanctioned torture and gave their "tacit approval" for torturing terror suspects.

"Maybe they wanted us to continue to do whatever we were doing; it was a tacit approval of whatever we were doing," Musharraf told The Secret War on Terror program.

"We are dealing with vicious people and you have to get information," Musharraf said.

"Now if you are extremely decent, we then don't get any information… We need to allow leeway to the intelligence operatives, the people who interrogate."

Experts say these comments raise questions about how much the MI5 knew about torture being used in the fight against terror suspects.

Pakistan's ruling and opposition politicians have frequently said that Musharraf should be summoned to the Islamabad parliament to reveal agreements forged with the US in the war on terror.

A UK lawyer had earlier claimed that Musharraf had allowed a large number of his compatriots to be put into the Guantanamo prison.

"Musharraf sold innocent people of his country as prisoners to the US Guantanamo Bay detention center in exchange of millions of dollars,” British lawyer Zachary Katznelson.

Human rights groups have also frequently slammed the US and UK for helping Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in abducting more than 500 terror suspects in Pakistan during Musharraf's rule and keeping them in secret prisons.

The 68-year-old former president has been living in Britain and the US since he stepped down amid protests and under an impeachment threat in 2008.

As the army chief, Musharraf ousted civilian Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a 1999 coup and became president in 2001. He resigned from his post seven years later.

Pakistan has suffered an intense wave of violence and thousands have been killed or displaced, since Musharraf joined the so-called US war on terror following the 9/11 attacks.

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