NEW YORK - Former president Pervez Musharraf has said that any exit strategy from Afghanistan must come after eliminating al-Qaeda and defeating Taliban. The exit strategy from Afghanistan must not and cant be time related, Musharraf wrote in a piece of writing for The Wall Street Journal. We must eliminate al-Qaeda, dominate the Taliban militarily, and establish a representative, legitimate govt in Afghanistan, he said. Musharraf said he was frequently asked during his U.S. trips how America could stop losing in Afghanistan. Armies can only win sometimes, and at best, create an environment for the political process to work, Musharraf wrote. At the end of the day, it is civilians, not soldiers, who have to take charge of their country. He said after the Taliban had established control in virtually all of Afghanistan in 1996, he had proposed recognising the Taliban regime, in the hope of transforming them from within. Musharraf said if that strategy had been implemented, we might have persuaded the Taliban to deny a safe haven to al-Qaeda and avoided the tragic September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. The Pakistan military must continue to act strongly. Operationally, we must raise substantially more forces from within the tribal groups and equip them with more tanks and guns. On the Afghan side, the U.S. and (International Security Assistance Force) troops must be reinforced. All of this must be done in combination with raising additional Afghan national army troops, with significant Pashtun representation, Musharraf wrote. On the political front, the former Pakistani president said there needed to be an invigorated dialogue with all groups in Afghanistan, including the Taliban. He also called for a strengthening of border-control measures to isolate Taliban militants on either side of the Afghan-Pakistan boundary. Quitting is not an option, Musharraf wrote. We must eliminate al-Qaeda, dominate the Taliban militarily, and establish a representative, legitimate govt in Afghanistan.