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Pakistani President Says U.K. Soft On Radical Clerics

9 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says Britain has been too lenient with radical Muslim clerics and must clamp down on them --> /featuresarticle/2005/08/c791579d-4087-45f6-b097-e8ccca7d398d.html after last month's bomb attacks in London.

Musharraf made the statement in an interview with the BBC that was broadcast late on 8 August. He said "nobody" should be allowed to talk "of hatred and militancy and aggression" at a mosque.

Musharraf acknowledged at least two suspected suicide bombers visited Pakistan prior to their attack in London, but denied Pakistan played any "pivotal role" in the 7 July suicide attacks that killed more than 50 people, or in a failed similar attack two weeks later.

Musharraf said the suspected attackers were born in Britain or had lived in the country for many years, and that their "indoctrination" had not occurred in Pakistan.


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