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Musharraf Assures NATO in Fight Against Taleban


Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has assured NATO's new commander in Afghanistan that his country fully backs the fight against the Taleban.

Visiting British General David Richards met General Musharraf for an hour of talks on security and cooperation.

General Musharraf told General Richards that Pakistan was cooperating with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Earlier, Richards told private Geo TV channel that Pakistan's peace deal with Islamic militants through local tribal elders in North Waziristan can set an example for NATO forces.

Under the accord signed last month, Pakistan assured the tribal elders that it will end its crackdown in the tribal region. The insurgents pledged to stop attacking military positions and crossing the border for attacks inside Afghanistan.

Richards said the deal was similar to one between British NATO troops and tribal elders in a northern district of Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Richards said the agreement reached with local tribal elders in parts of Helmand reflects NATO's desire to do what Afghans want. He said it is all about the consent of the people and that 70 percent of the Afghans are waiting to see which side can win.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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