NEW YORK Former President Pervez Musharraf Sunday rejected United States strong criticism of Pakistans campaign against al-Qaeda and Taliban networks, saying the Pakistani military was doing enough as it battles militants on several fronts. Everybody in the world starts blaming Pakistan while were suffering casualties ... Let Pakistan alone. Lets deal with the situation; it is critical, Musharraf, who is in London, said in an interview with ABCs This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour. Frankly ... Pakistan has always been accused of not doing enough, he said, but he insisted that Pakistan is doing enough. Musharraf strongly rejected a recent White House report, which said the Pakistani military continued to avoid military engagements that would put it in direct conflict with Afghan Taliban or al-Qaeda forces in North Waziristan. This is as much a political choice as it is a reflection of an under-resourced military prioritising its targets. I totally disagree with this statement, Musharraf said. When asked about criticism by the Obama administration that the ISI still supports the Taliban, he said, I take very strong exception to these statements which have been going on may be since 2004, because of a misunderstanding of ground realities. After defeating the Taliban ... I always was of the view that we need to change strategy. We need to go in for deals, he said. So my strategy always was to strike a deal, strike a deal to wean away Pashtuns from the Taliban. Musharraf said his views were vindicated by the fact that there is now widespread discussion of Afghan authorities coming to some kind of accommodation with elements of the Taliban. Replying to a question, he said that there was still extremism in Pakistan, but stressed the need to address the root causes of terrorism. There are problems that Pakistan is facing. There is no doubt, and nobody should deny that, that we have extremism in our society. We have al Qaeda and Taliban, he said. But what we need - we are not understanding - are what are the causes behind terrorism is always a symptom. We should know that. Musharraf announced in London on October 2 that he was starting a new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League. When asked about his aspirations to return to his country, Musharraf said, Well, I see the condition of Pakistan. And I see that Pakistan is suffering. And in this darkness that prevails in Pakistan, I dont see any political party which can show the light. I dont take views from others that I am a past man or anything. I understand better what is a ground reality instead of listening to people from abroad who dont know Pakistan, he added. At the same time, he said he would remain in the United Kingdom for the time being. There are some problems, he admitted. I cant go buy an air ticket and land with one suitcase in Pakistan at this moment. There are certain problems, which everyone knows, and I do understand. I have to create an environment of popularity, of political clout, and then I will go. But, he insisted, I will be there before the elections.