The New York Times reported on Monday that George Bush, the US president, had decided to send an unusually tough message to Musharraf, warning him that the newly-elected Democratic US Congress could cut aid unless his forces were far more aggressive in hunting down operatives with al Qaeda.
Taliban forces and elements of al Qaeda, blamed for the September 11 attacks on the
Although Bush publicly praises Musharraf's support on counter-terrorism, US officials have voiced frustration over Taliban sanctuaries on the Pakistani side of the porous border with
Experts say the Taliban has a virtual mini-state in northern
Bush has been criticised for pursuing war in
His new push in