Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says the U-S decision to go after suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden does not target Islam or the Afghan people.
In an address to the nation Wednesday, he said Washington has asked Pakistan's help in three areas -- the exchange of information on terrorism, the use of Pakistani air space and logistical support.
President Musharraf's address was apparently intended to explain his decision to support the United States in its efforts to capture Osama bin Laden. Washington considers the Saudi exile the main suspect in the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States.
The general assured the Pakistani people that Washington is only after three targets -- Osama bin Laden, his terrorist network Al-Qaeda and the Taleban, which has given Mr. bin Laden refuge.
His remarks came as opposition to his support for any U-S action gathered momentum in the country.
The head of a grouping of 35 Pakistani Islamic organizations says (on Wednesday) the organizations would have to obey any Taleban order for a religious war, or jihad, if the United States moves against Afghanistan.