Musharraf: US will not launch strikes in Pakistan

Pakistan's Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Monday vigorously defended his government's independence from Washington, and said he was "200 percent sure" the United States would not launch unilateral strikes against terrorists in Pakistan. Speaking in a nationally televised question-and-answer session with hand-picked guests, Musharraf addressed topics ranging from his plunging public support to the role of cricket in building national character. Musharraf, a key US ally in the fight against terrorism, is at the lowest political ebb of his eight years in power as he seeks re-election for another five years. He said he was sure upcoming legislative and presidential elections would be free and fair, and ensure economy stability.