BRUSSELS, Sept. 13, 2006: President General Pervez Musharraf has blamed the West for breeding terrorism in his country by bringing in thousands of mujahideen to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and then leaving Pakistan alone a decade later to face the armed warriors.
Musharraf told the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee on Tuesday that Pakistan was not the intolerant, extremist country often portrayed by the West, and terrorism and extremism were not inherent in Pakistani society. Whatever extremism or terrorism is in Pakistan is a direct fallout of the 26 years of warfare and militancy around us. It gets back to 1979 when the West, the United States and Pakistan waged a war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Musharraf told EU lawmakers.
We launched a jihad, brought in mujahideen from all over the Muslim world, the US and the West.We armed the Taliban and sent them in; we did it together. In 1989 everyone left Pakistan with 30,000 armed mujahideen who were there, and the Taliban who were there, he said, adding that Pakistan had paid a big price for being part of the coalition that fought the Soviet Union.
Well for starters Taliban was not one of the militias which was established during the Anti-Soviet operation. It was founded only in the mid 90’s, 1994 to be precise.