Musharraf backtracks on statements

Washington: Backtracking on the claims made in his just-released memoirs, President Pervez Musharraf said the United States' Central Intelligence Agency did not pay money to the Pakistan Government for handing over Al-Qaeda suspects.

A passage in Gen. Musharraf's book, In The Line of Fire: A Memoir, read: "Those who habitually accuse us of not doing enough in the war on terror should simply ask the CIA how much prize money it has paid to the Government of Pakistan."

CNN pointed out to Gen. Musharraf during an interview that it had asked the CIA how much prize money it had paid Pakistan. On this, the Pakistan President said, "You know, I don't know whether this is to the Government of Pakistan. I don't think I wrote `the Government of Pakistan'."

When pointed out that on Page 237 of his book he had in fact written this, and asked if he wanted to revise it, Gen. Musharraf said, "Yes. I think that if it is written `Government of Pakistan,' yes," he said. "Certainly not the Government, not the Government ... no, [the] Government of Pakistan hasn't received anything," he said. PTI

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