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The War Room (Lodhi, Steinberg, Biden Interviews-Part I) #724388

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 2001
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Pakistani Ambassador to the US Maleeha Lodhi†, former Deputy National Security Advisor James Steinberg† and Senator Joe Biden† about the possibility that Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden could escape into Pakistan and the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan. [LODHI – comments on border security in Pakistan; states claims of Taliban support in Pakistan are media-driven; comments on the prisoners’ revolt; says Pakistan condemned the recent attack on the Indian Parliament.] [BIDEN - says Pakistan's worst nightmare is bin Laden getting into the country; states Pakistan has demonstrated willingness to assist in the war on terror; says tensions between India and Pakistan could negatively affect the world; notes Pakistan will feel pressure if China tests nuclear weapons.] [STEINBERG - says that Pakistan would not want to side with the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces since Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has given strong support to the US; notes Musharraf had a tough choice to make after the September 11 attack on America.]

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