State-run television reported that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called his nation to support his policy stopping militants from using the nation as recruitment ground for suicide members to be used by terrorist groups for attacks world-over. Accepting increasing criticism from Afghanistan, India, and Western media that he is doing too little to curb Taliban and al Qaeda guerillas crossover into Afghanistan and India, Musharraf admitted that militants from Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Libya are being trained in Pakistan for such purposes.
Addressing hundreds of people in the conservative North West Frontier city Dera Ismail Khan, he highlighted that “"The suicide attacks are happening in the entire world and are happening in Pakistan" by “foreign people” residing in the region and “giving money” to recruit candidates “to carry out” the attacks. He impeached the tribals to “show solidarity and point them out” so his forces “can deal with them.”
In the deadliest year since 2001 when the Taliban was ousted from power in Afghanistan, over 4000 people have been killed in 2006 largely sparked by increasing cross-over of guerrillas from Pakistan.