Earlier this week Tony Blair assured Gen Musharraf a leaked paper condemning Pakistan's intelligence service did not reflect his government's view.
In the leaked report, a naval commander at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) claimed Pakistan's intelligence service, ISI, had indirectly helped the Taleban and al-Qaeda.
In the BBC interview Mr Musharraf rejected these claims and said ISI's support was vital. "You'll be brought down to your knees if Pakistan doesn't co-operate with you. That is all that I would like to say. Pakistan is the main ally. If we were not with you, you won't manage anything," he said. "Let that be clear. And if ISI is not with you, you will fail."
Lets take Mr Musharraf's main thesis and examine it. "If we were not with you, you won't manage anything." Is that really the case? At the moment, Pakistan is eating its cake and having it too. Pervaiz gets to lunch with all the European and US bigwigs, while his secret service do the heavy lifting for the Taleban and Al Qaeda. He has basically out-sourced the running of the North West Frontier province (a huge area) to the Taleban and Al Qaeda. The latter are currently murdering anybody in the region who don't like the fact that they now call the shots, including upper echelons of the Karachi governing apparatus. Pakistan sponsors terrorists who attack Indian forces in Kashmir and northern India; not to mention commuters in Mumbai. It is sanguine about hordes of Taleban launching attacks on Afghanistan from within its territory, a fact that Mohammed Karzai is currently becoming bilious about. Pakistani death-cult 'schools' prepare Britons for their 'missions' to murder other Britons. The ISI built and fund many of those schools.
Pakistan must be the worst ally you could have. My question to Mr Musharraf would be, where is the up-side to this for us? If I was him I'd be preparing a bunker with more comforts than that hole Saddam ended up in.