13 March 2011
Pervez Musharraf and Wife in Reema Show Part 01/03
11 May 2011 – ABC NEWS
CUOMO: So let’s get right to it. Intelligence now suggests that OBL had been in this compound for at least 5 to 6 years. That would put him in the compound while you were president. So I ask you, how could you not have known that OBL was somewhere so easy to find?
MUSHARRAF: Well, it is indeed a big, uh, blunder. It’s a big slip up for the intelligence, but I really doubt (inaudible) is clear. It doesn’t appeal to my logic. And you say, I mean how come so many people around the house who all recognize OBL, it’s a household name everywhere in most of the world, how come they didn’t know OBL was there? So this is a very nagging doubt in my mind. That this isn’t logically possible.
CUOMO: Well, two things. On the logic of it Mr. President, two things for you to put into your thinking. One, they have video excerpts of OBL making tapes, practicing for tapes, that put him in the same room over that period, that helps develop the understanding that he was there, and why do you assume that people would have said anything if they knew he were there? That’s the big doubt whether the Pakistani people and intelligence were willing to out OBL
MUSHARRAF: Well, let me tell you where he was. This city, Abbattabad, I know very well. People there are not at all pro-Taliban or pro-al Qaeda. They are not the religious extremist kind. I am very sure that people would have indicated that he was there. Uh, this is not the tribal agency(??) of Pakistan. And the people here, I know, are very very different. But ethnically, they distinguish themselves from the Pashtoons very, very much.
26 April 2011
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf denied he had cut an overt or covert deal with the United States, allowing CIA drone attacks against so-called Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan’s tribal regions. Read below….
17 April 2011 – Former President General Musharraf says that he would definitely return to Pakistan and did not fear going to jail, but “I am waiting for the proper time”.
28 March 2011
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf claims “good dictatorship is better than bad democracy” as he discussed uprisings across the Middle East. The London-based politician told Anita Anand of democracy in his home country, and the warrant out for his arrest there – and also the allied action in Libya, where he said “the endgame is not clear”.
24 March 2011
You are planning a return to Pakistan to run again for President, a job you left in 2008. Why?
For the sake of Pakistan. I am very comfortable. I go around the world lecturing, and they pay me well. But there is a cause bigger than the self. I governed the country for nine years — successfully. So I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. And I know Pakistan is suffering. I know there is a vacuum of leadership. Therefore the cause of Pakistan pulls me toward my destiny. Maybe it’s a call of destiny much more for the nation than for myself.
You stepped down at the behest of the people. We’ve also seen Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak step down at the people’s demand. How would you advise Muammar Gaddafi?
I would like to seriously object to the comparison. I left peacefully through my own volition. So please don’t compare me to those two. However, you have spoken about Gaddafi. The will of the people should reign supreme. It’s almost a civil war there. A political situation must be found.
14 Jan 2011
Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that he firmly believes that country’s army will support him once he returns to the country because he has served that institution for over 35 years. Talking to Wajahat Khan at “Ikhtalaf”, an Aaj News programme, on Friday, he reiterated his plan about his return to the country, saying that he would definitely go to Pakistan and try to win next elections there as he was wants to play his role in the country’s politics and take the country out of challenges it is facing today.
by Pervez Musharraf on Saturday, 01 January 2011
DEMOCRACY is an obsession with the West. Perhaps, rightly so because after the failure of communism and socialism, democracy has emerged as the only successful form of government.
However, when one looks around in the Third World which is experimenting with democracy, one sees an unacceptable manifestation of the same — a democratically elected government is in place but taking the country towards disaster. Therefore, clearly, politics/democracy needs to be reconciled with national security — progress/development of the state and welfare/wellbeing of its people.
Written by former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf
15 December 2010
Historical background: Events in Afghanistan took a turn in 1979 with the invasion of the country by the Soviet Union. The Soviets were challenged through a jihad, launched by the Afghans supported by America and Pakistan. The jihad was strongly reinforced by mujahideen, encouraged and brought from all over the Muslim world and also by the Taliban from the madrassas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It was spearheaded by various religious militant groups and, thus, we saw the introduction of religious militancy in the region which continued for ten long years. The year 1989 saw the defeat of the Soviet Union and its eviction from Afghanistan.
Barkha Dutt: General Musharraf, one thing, I think, that your fiercest critics will grant you, is that you have always been someone who has been willing to take chances, who has been willing to think unconventionally. Do we take your decision to launch a political party at this stage, when many believe that you cannot ever return to Pakistan – to be one such example of President Musharraf, old style, taking chances?
Pervez Musharraf: No. I would say I believe in the Napoleonic theory of decision-making, which is, two-third of any decision is calculation, and analysis, and data inputs, one third is always a leap in the dark. So any leader – anyone who tries to increase the two third, is not a leader. He suffers from paralysis through analysis. And anyone who will try to increase the one third is impulsive. I am not impulsive. I calculate, analyse, get all the inputs, but I am prepared to take the risks in the leap in the dark of the one-third. People who don’t take all the risks are no leaders. So I would say that I have made all the calculations, and I personally think that there is a fair chance of doing something good for Pakistan. I am not doing anything for myself. I am very happy. I am doing my lecture tours, I go all over the world, I am coming very soon to Delhi. Yes, indeed. Just now I am coming from Hong Kong, Stockholm, and then back here. I am now going to United States, and the Canada, and then to Nigeria. So I have no problems. But I am doing something from Pakistan. But then I analyse, can I do something for Pakistan? Is the environment right? I think the environment is right, and I think I can. The two-thirds calculation tells me that. But the one-third is a chance and it’s a gut reaction, it’s my sixth sense, and it’s better to try and fail rather than not try at all.
1st October 2010
LONDON: Former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf on Friday formally announced his new political party “All Pakistan Muslim League” (APML). Musharraf told hundreds of cheering supporters in London and in Karachi, that the best way to deal with Pakistan’s political and economic troubles is to bring his party to power. He said that there is a need to “bring all patriotic people under one flag — that flag should be All Pakistan Muslim League.” Musharraf admitted that mistakes were committed during his government and sought apology from the nation for the same. “All Pakistan Muslim League to wage jihad against poverty and illiteracy,” he vowed, adding that the time for talks is over and now it is time to act. He invited all Pakistanis to come forward and join hands with APML and strengthen it. He said that his party manifesto will be governed by the Holy Quran, Quaid-e- Azam’s 11 August 1947 Constituent Assembly address and 12 April 1949 Objective Resolution by Liaquat Ali Khan. He described nepotism and corruption as the biggest curse for any society and vowed to rid the country of the same. “Internal and external threats will be dealt with strongly and the fight against terrorism will continue till the elimination of this scourge.” He said that annual GDP growth will be increased to over 6 percent and recalled that 8 percent growth rate was achieved during his government. “I believe in freedom of media and will support it thoroughly…only those are afraid of media who have got dirty laundry to hide,” Musharraf stated. ”Today I announce starting my political career and joining All Pakistan Muslim League. I want to begin my political career with clean slate.”
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As he explored the misconceptions that exist between the West and the Islamic world, Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan who was a key U.S. ally in its fight against the Taliban, shared his observations with students, faculty and the community on Tuesday afternoon as the keynote speaker for Fall Convocation inside Alumni Gym.
The Oct. 12, 2010, talk included a brief history lesson on the rise of Islam, the geopolitical events of the past two centuries that have created deep tensions toward the West, and what can be done to help heal some of those rifts. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s never been a dull moment over the past 10 years,” Musharraf said of events since Sept. 11, 2001.
4 October 2010
SPIEGEL: Pakistanis have been left bewildered by the incompetence of the government led by President Asif Ali Zardari in dealing with the consequences of the disastrous floods. Do you expect another military coup soon?
Musharraf: Whenever the country is in turmoil, everybody looks to the army. But I would suggest that the times of military coups in Pakistan are over. The latest political developments have shown that the Supreme Court has set a bar on itself not to validate a military takeover.
But, as far as your point, that I, something that I could not achieve. I achieved a lot for Pakistan in all fields, all socio-economic fields. Not one of them was left unattended, and not in one of them did I not make progress; major progress. The failure was in the political field, so therefore now, when I come with political authority, political legitimacy of the support of the people of Pakistan, I feel that the situation would be much better.
7 October 2010: Former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf in a brilliant interview on GEO to Sohail Waraich, where he clarifies on several topics and misperceptions propagated against him.
View the Grass -Root deliverance, a difference between Musharraf Era and others … his governance delivered where others failed !
Today we present few observations detailing the impact of General Musharraf’s tenure, which modernized the lifestyle of our ordinary public, trying to give them a changed Pakistan. Observe how President Musharraf’s era transformed an ordinary man’s life to bring about a change easing the daily routine, interaction and business. This is a special contribution, by an ordinary patriotic Pakistani who saw a great change in Pakistan up to the years 2007-08.
We request the ordinary Pakistanis to come forward and register few lines in favor of General Musharraf’s led government, sharing their experiences related to the difference they evidently felt!
This document lists some of the achievements of the former President of Pakistan, General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf. It is, probably the longest single statement of feats of developments, repairs and enhancements in one of the “most difficult countries to govern” (Time Magazine).
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This, our Covenant is more than a hypocritical political party manifesto. It is very precious to us for we regard it as our Covenant with God and the people hablum minallah wa hablum min alnass “hold on to the rope of God and to the rope of the people “(Surah Aal e Imran). If you do you will not know failure. This is God’s Covenant with Man and Man’s Covenant with God and with his greatest creation, humanity or Al Naas.
We have been taking our country for granted. We forget that Pakistan is the most precious country in the world because it is the only country we have. We don’t realize that without it we would be international orphans, bereft of identity, without hope, shunned by all. It is our motherland and our stamp of identity. That is why Pakistan must come first. Read More…
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Answering Your Top 3 Questions – IV
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Chronological record of events, that validates President Musharraf’s election as President and subsequent endorsements by Supreme Court
Written by: Afreen Baig
1- On 13 May 2000, Pakistan’s 12 member Supreme Court unanimously validated the October 1999 coup and granted Musharraf executive and legislative authority for 3 years from the coup date. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges that validated. (Link)
Further on 27 April 2002, the Supreme Court reaffirmed their judgment regarding 1999 Emergency, PCO No.1 of 1999 and Referundum – on basis of doctrine of state necessity. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the nine judges that validated. (Link)
2- On 7 October 2002, the 5 member bench of Supreme Court validated LFO and amendments to constitution. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges that validated. (Link)
3- On 29 Dec 2004, PML-Q government passed the 17th constitutional amendment bill in National Assembly, with 2/3 majority, also approved by Senate that allowed President Musharraf to hold dual offices. (Link)
4- Constitution of Pakistan – Article 63 clause (1) paragraph (d), read with proviso to Article 41 clause (7) paragraph (b), allows the President to hold dual office.
5- On 13 April 2005, the 5 member bench of Supreme Court gave judgment in favor of 17th amendment and President’s uniform. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges that validated. (Link)
6- On 28 September 2007, the Supreme Court cleared the way for President Pervez Musharraf to seek another five-year term, and stand for Presidential elections, when six of the nine judges, rejected a tangle of petitions against him and threw out a major legal challenge to his re-election plans. Presided by Justice Rana Bhagwandas. (Link)
7- President Musharraf was elected President of Pakistan, on 6th October 2007, by a combined electoral of the Senate, National Assembly and the FOUR Provincial Assembles.
8- President of Pakistan declared emergency on 3rd November 2007, as per Article 232 of the constitution.
9- The 10 member bench of Supreme Court (SC) on 24 November 2007 directed the chief election commissioner and the government to declare Pervez Musharraf president for a second term. (Link)
10- On 24 November 2007, the Pakistan Election Commission confirmed Musharraf’s re-election as President. (Link)
11- President Musharraf won by 58% votes, declared in November 2007, as the constitutional President of Pakistan!
12- On 28 November 2007, Musharraf relinquished the office of Chief of Armed Staff, as per November 2007 verdict of the Supreme Court.
13- On 15 Feb 2008, a detailed Supreme Court judgement came, following its earlier short pronouncement of 24 November 2007, validating the proclamation of emergency of 3rd Nov 2007, PCO 2007 and oath of the judges. This full court judgment was written by Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar. (Link)
Now the former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf tells me he will return to Pakistan soon for a possible political comeback — my one-on-one interview coming up. We want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world. I’m Wolf Blitzer.
You’re in THE SITUATION ROOM – 20 May 2010. WATCH VIDEO
BLITZER: And joining us now, the former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.
Mr. President, thanks very much for coming in.
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, FORMER PAKISTANI PRESIDENT: Thank you.
BLITZER: All right, what are your plans personally? Because I have been hearing a lot of rumors about what you’re planning on doing. Are you planning on going back to Pakistan to run for president?
MUSHARRAF: Well, I certainly am planning to go back to Pakistan and also join politics. The question of whether I’m running for president or prime minister will be seen later.
BLITZER: When — when does that mean, later?
MUSHARRAF: Well, I have to — I have to launch myself politically, formally, which I haven’t done. So, I am interacting with a lot of politicians and with the people of Pakistan, with the Pakistani Diaspora here in the United States and in U.K. And I have taken a decision in principle to join politics and go back to Pakistan, but I will…
20 May 2010 – Welcome to the show. This is CONNECT THE WORLD. I’m Becky Anderson.
Last time we spoke, you told me that you liked being an army man but that you weren’t very good, nor did you like diplomacy nor politics. So why are you returning to Pakistani politics as a civilian?
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, FORMER PAKISTANI PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Becky.
Yes, indeed, I prefer being an army man. But, seeing, as I said in my closing speech, Pakistan comes first. So I think the security of Pakistan, the progress and development of the state, the welfare, well- being of its people – I worry for Pakistan, therefore I’ve decided to return to Pakistan through – through politics by election process.
Pervez MusharrafFormer Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who will speak in Portland on March 15, says U.S. forces should withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011 only if the war has been won. In a phone interview Saturday, Musharraf criticized the Obama administration for announcing a withdrawal date.
“In Afghanistan we must defeat al-Qaida,” he said. “We must dominate the Taliban.”
Musharraf — who took power in a 1999 coup and served as Pakistan’s president until he was forced to resign in 2008 — lives in London. On Saturday, speaking after 15 holes of golf in California, the 66-year-old former army chief said he wouldn’t rule out a bid to run for president.
Here are his comments, edited for brevity.
Q: How do you evaluate President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan?
A: They are taking good decisions as far as increasing the level of forces is concerned. This idea of withdrawing by July 2011 and saying it in no uncertain terms has its negative implications.
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Dr Ayesha Siddiqa’s ‘The Military Inc.’ is a book deflective of reality, highly derogatory and against the very notion of sovereignty.
Dr Ayesha Siddiqa launches the book by giving the impression that her intention is to cover the entrepreneurial activities of military worldwide. However, in depth reading reaffirms suspicions that her book massively targets the Pakistan Military and the top echelons of the Armed Forces, most of which are based upon self serving assumptions and intentional hoodwinking. A labyrinth of financial figures is presented to further obscure the ordinary reader’s intelligence.
The book sets forward four arguments. First, that MILBUS (Military Business) is military capital that perpetuates the military’s political predatory style; and is kept concealed and includes questionable transfer of resources from public sector to individuals connected with armed Forces. Second, the military’s economic greed increases in totalitarian systems. Third, Military convinces the citizens to bear additional costs for security on basis of conceived threats to the State. Fourth, the book considers the Pakistan Military the cause of all ills, social disparity and democratic fiasco.
Let’s start by setting the record straight. MILBUS in Pakistan – is the result of honest intentions and visionary policies – to raise independent resources, to self-finance the on-going national technological development, to modernize strategic assets, and most importantly, the determination to rely less on Foreign Aid. While at the same time, build facilities for retired military personnel and their families; and slowly withdrawing from National Defense budget allocation as a percentage of GDP.