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Musharraf warns US against military action in Pakistan

By Xinhua

Singapore : Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has warned that any unilateral intervention in his country by coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan would be treated as an invasion.

“Any entry by the United States or coalition forces into Pakistan’s tribal areas would be resisted as a breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” Musharraf told Singapore’s English language daily The Straits Times in an interview published Friday.

A number of Democratic Party politicians in the US have suggested American forces now in neighbouring Afghanistan join the Pakistan army’s counter-insurgency campaign and hunt down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

“I challenge anybody coming into our mountains. They would regret that day,” Musharraf was quoted as saying.

He also criticised US senator Hillary Clinton’s proposal to place Pakistan’s nuclear weapons under supervision of the US and Britain.

He told the daily that her statement was “an intrusion into our privacy, into our sensitivity… She doesn’t seem to understand how well-guarded these assets are.”

The Pakistani president said he would resign if the new government after the election sought his impeachment.

“The Western media want to impose their understanding of democracy and human rights on our developing countries, while China and other eastern countries don’t,” he told his interviewers.