Removing me from COAS post was Nawaz Sharif's blunder: Musharraf

Published: October 13, 2011

Musharraf claims even Shahbaz Sharif was unaware of this move. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former President Pervez Musharraf says that removing him from the post of Chief of Army Staff was a “blunder” on Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif’s part.

Speaking on the show “Frontline” on Express News, he claimed that even Shahbaz Sharif was not aware of this move and he had later informed Musharraf about it.

Recalling his tenure as army chief, Musharraf said he was on good terms Shahbaz Sharif and current Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The former president said that while he was serving as army chief, he had told Shahbaz Sharif on several occasions to tell Nawaz Sharif  to improve governance and work for the improvement of the economy.

The PML-N had earlier demanded that the government register a case under Article 6 (High Treason) against Musharraf for abrogating the constitution and dislodging the democratically elected government on October 12, 1999.

Reader Comments (87)

  • Farz
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:15PM

    Not only a blunder but a blessing that paved way for us to prosper in Gen. Musharraf’s tenure.

    We urgently need to elect APML and Pervez Musharraf back in office as President to save this country from economic collapse and reduce corruption with the army’s backing.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:43PM

    Blunder??? It’s within the authority of PM to select or fire any COAS.No one is above law.In turkey and India, COAS get fired.But in Pakistan, The mighty forces don’t care about Law and for them it is nothing but just piece of paper.Shame!

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  • Noor
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:47PM

    No doubt, it was!

    NS removed CJ, and previous COAS without proper reason.

    His such actions were causing De-stabilisation in the most significant organisations of the country;

    Yes, he committed a blunder for exceeding his limits.

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  • Ali
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:54PM

    I wonder if SC would treat this as his confession that he actually was removed and he took actions after being removed from post.

    His book in the line of fire has already been used by the SC in its decisions.

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  • omg!
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:54PM

    This guy took law in his own hands and decide Nwaz was on mistake.
    Another guy took law in his own hands and decide Taseer was on mistake.
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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:57PM

    It’s the economy stupid. Mushy was great when it came to economic management of the country. Before the world economic recession of 2008 hit and the oil prices soared to the all-time-high level, the economy was growing at the healthly rate of 7 percent, foriegn investors were coming in flocks, work on many mega projects across the country was in full swing and there was a steady decline in the incidence of poverty and unemployment. Obviously there were some inflationary pressures and negative trade balances but dollar held its place against rupee for the best part of his government. Unlike the sky-rocketing double-digit inflation and less than 2 percent economic growth, inflation was single digit and growth was strong during Mushy’s government. Although one can disagree with his political blunders, which i somewhat do, his record on smart economic management is worthy of our appreciation. Recommend

  • Zuhara
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Musharraf is 200% correct. Recommend

  • Faheem
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:12PM

    Musharraf “told Shahbaz Sharif on several occasions to tell Nawaz Sharif to improve governance and work for the improvement of the economy” and went for yet another military blunder, Kargil, with his fellow adventurists.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:26PM

    HOW dare you to challenge his Constitutional Powers ?
    He was the Prime Minister & had all the legal grounds to do that.
    The Only Blunder Nawaz Shareef Made was to make a person like you an Army Chief!

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  • Fasih Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:42PM

    True Farz … You already said my words …

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  • shahzad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Musharraf was the greatest leader Pakistan has seen since Muhammad Ali Jinnah. A true visionary. Recommend

  • irfan niazi
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:57PM

    yes of course it was a blunder. mr musaharraf we are waiting the 23 march 2012.you and imran khan are the leaders who can save this countryRecommend

  • N
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:33PM

    We agree!

    To remove him was blunder, before and after.

    Let us not forget the grand trickery that followed.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 4:34PM

    @Farz: It appalls me to see such comments from citizens of Pakistan who have with great difficulty installed democracy after a long struggle.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 4:39PM

    The majority comments here indicate that people of Pakistan love dictatorships. Their choice “No Comments”

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Yeah…how DARE he!?

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:06PM

    General, Kargil was your blunder. Why don’t u admit? What did we achieve with Kargil? Can u elaborate on that someday maybe.

    However, the way NS dismissed you was childish and extremely disrespectful. He could have done it in a better manner. He was PM and he could do it anytime but not the way he did.

    Now, that is history, we need to move forward.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:11PM

    @Natasha:
    Emotions, You see :P

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  • akbar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:25PM

    Allah has punished nawaz sharif for not making the person as army chief who was eligible , he was not loyal to his position as a prime minister by not promoting two senior generals as a army chief. Nawaz sharif should learn a lesson and not to repeat such kind of injustice just for his own benefits. I believe nwaz sharif will never come in power but still it is allah’s who decide.

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  • Amjad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:34PM

    @Farz: Sad that a general calls his removal by an elected official a “blunder” when it is within the legal right of an elected PM. Tell me when Obama removed US General Chrystal was it a blunder or did Chrystal try to take over illegally? When will Pakistanis learn to respect the constitution? What Musharraf did would be termed treason in any country.

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  • Hady Ali
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:38PM

    I am very surprised to see that majority is in favor of dictator who does not even know the value of constitution of Pakistan. Everyone is praising his economical boost but not peeping into the way how he stepped in to become Mr President.
    It means if tomorrow Imran Khan is elected than we ready to welcome Gen. kayani as dictator if he is better able to add inclination to economy on short term basis. Very funny…….

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Your apoointment as COAS was a blunder. How come people become generals to lead our brave soldiers. Supreme court and parliament should investigate these most intriguiging promotions. However Musharaf was smarter than Gen. Beg.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:46PM

    Brave Ahmedi commando good in making U-TURN 360 Digrees and nawaz shrif democratic
    govt and B.B govt were much better than u dictators.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:59PM

    @ishtiaer hussain:

    Well I can challenge you point for point but this is not the place to do it.

    Speaking of the stability of the exchange rate, have you seen a graph of the export-to-GDP ratio during his time?

    Have you seen a graph of the import-to-GDP ratio?

    The tax-to-GDP ratio?

    These are key indicators of economic success. Who cares about high growth rates when you are making little if any progress (actually regressing) on these structural deficiencies in the economy?

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  • khurram kaleem
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:13PM

    We cant forgive Musharaf for Jamia Hafsa invasion!!!!
    We cant forgive Musharaf for threatening and removing CHief Justice!
    We cant forgive Musharaf for Coup detat the Political government!
    We cant forgive him for bowing down to USA!
    we cant forgive him for the kargil debacle!
    we cant forgive him for speculative property frauds in his tenure!
    we cant forgive him for not putting immense funds into productive industrial sector economy after 9/11!
    We cant forgive him for making shaukat aziz Prime Minister of Pakistan!
    We cant forgive him for allowing his cronies to bankrupt Bank Of Punjab!
    We cant forgive Musharaf for waisting 10 years of Pakistan which was ahead and at par with our arch rival Incredible India of Today!

    May Allah give himat to musharaf to seek apology from our nation!

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  • A2Z
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:28PM

    NS actual blunder was to make you Army Chief. NS was also destabilising country by first attacking SC and then removal of Army Chief.
    After that Mushi’s blunder of NRO was even more damaging than any other blunder.
    We dont want anyone of them, They are doing politics for themselves, just to enjoy the power. None of them is sincere with Pakistan.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Realist ,

    Lol. No I was making a sarcastic comment at Musharraf. How dare a PM sack a general in Pakistan?

    Blunderzzzzz!

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  • cosmo
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:43PM

    I mean funny thing is so many Pakistanis are idolizing a “runway” man, who’s a braggart to the core. I mean if Musharraf is looked upon as the future leader of Pakistan then god save you all. Recommend

  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:57PM

    Nawaz sharif is not a politician of principles. All he wants is power. Nawaz thinks people’s memory is short or weak and that they don’t remember his own contradictions in his stand on national issues. He is absolutely wrong. When former army chief general waheed kakar’s term was coming to an end, Nawaz demanded that the new army chief should be made according to the seniority and thus general jehangir karamat be made chief of the staff. Benazir Bhutto, somehow, conceded to this demand and General Jehangir Karamat was made army chief. When he became prime minister for a second time, nawaz not only forced JK to resign his post but appointed General Musharraf as the new army chief by superseding two senior generals who were more capable and deserving than musharraf. Nawaz thought Musharraf being a ‘mohajir’ wouldn’t be a risk to his power. Why nawaz didn’t follow his own suggestion to appoint the new army chief according to the senior most position.Recommend

  • Oct 13, 2011 - 6:59PM

    Cosmo,

    These ‘so many Pakistanis’ here are the facebook brigade that he thinks will help him come back to power!

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:08PM

    @Khurram Kaleem, Do not count who committed how many blunders,because the list of Nawaz is too lengthy.

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:24PM

    Is consipracy exist in term of economic decisions????? and removal of govt in pakistan.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Even your fellow conspirators admit they had preplanned the coup before you left for Srilanka, its an established fact. Secondly, you chose people from Nawaz’s party to run your dictatorship and now even they have left you how intelligent was that?. I remember that even Bill Clinton did’nt meet you on your state visit to US . Also on 3/11/07 I saw how low you can get, media got banned and government TV played songs in your praise North Korean style. Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:38PM

    nawaz Sharif was removed for right reasons. The act of Musharraf was validated by the supreme court of Pakistan which included present Chief Justice also.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:40PM

    @ Abdur Rahman Khan
    Jehangir karamat was ambassador to US just after Mush came to power. So i guess karamat , Musharraf and two three more generals had prioritized power before ousting Nawaz. Plus, may I ask what was the logic behind appointing army people as head of national institutions, VCs of Universities and ambassadors?

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Two things makes me laugh one when i see peoples endorsed Dictators in pakistan and
    second when some first leader visit Mangolia i dont understand for what??? what u guys
    think.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Pervaiz Musharraf’s APML may not sweep the upcoming elections. But he feels that Pakistan is in dire conditions and the country needs his contribution once again. Much of our media and judiciary are anti-Musharraf. Even against such odds and the uphill task of making his mark on Pakistan’s volatile politics, he is at least trying to improve things in Pakistan through his efforts. He believes that failure after a sincere effort is better than sitting idle and not trying at all. That is the spirit of a true soldier and of a professional commando.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:12PM

    @Meekal Ahmed:

    The single biggest achievement of Pervez Musharraf was to ensure a steep decline in the incidence poverty in Pakistan from 35 percents when he took over, down to 17 percents at the end of 2007. This finding had been cross-checked and validated by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (these are multilateral international institutions over which PM had no control so no need to dispute these figures). Now come up with your arguments as to how you believe there was no economic progress in Mushy’s tenure. Would you now reject the facts and figures from international institutions as being fake and doctored, as most of the illiterate men typically do? If you find it hard to accept the reality, just bury your head in sand which is what we are very good at.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:14PM

    As you can read the opinions in this forum; Pervez Musharraf is a very divisive figure in our political history. There is greater need than ever before to look at his legacy in a balanced way. He made certain mistakes. But his intense focus on economic development, building lasting peace with India, higher education, foreign investment and media liberalization will go a long way to serve the ultimate interest of Pakistan.
    He is not responsible for terrorism in Pakistan (or bringing the US war to Pakistan). America or Afghanistan’s war, whatever you call it, has been brought by those forces who use Pakistan’s soil against NATO forces in Afghanistan and against Pakistani nation as well. If militants can cross over from North and South Wiziristan into Afghanistan to launch attacks on NATO forces, so does the US has the right to target them with drones. If we could have controlled these terrorists from staging attacks in Afghanistan, there would not have been any drone attacks.
    As for as Bugti’s murder is concerned, Pervez Musharraf did not want to kill Bugti in any way as he was killed along with 7 officers and soldiers (who went in to negotiate with him) due to the caving in of his shelter.

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Musharraf government provided VVIP level security to BB. Liaqat Bagh, the venue of the political rally, was completely secured with hundreds of policemen and commandos deputed. Who asked BB to open the sun-roof of the bomb-proof SUV and play the crowd outside Liaqat Bagh on the open road where suicide bombers were ready to blast themselves who failed to enter Liaqat Bagh because of stringent security arrangements?
    Why so much propaganda against Mush? Judiciary want to malign him so as to pay back PML-N for what they did for the restoration of PCO judges.

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  • Azam
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:25PM

    Musharraf proved far more democratic than NS or any other political leader. Musharraf was the best, is the best and will remian the best. Let March 23 come and people commenting against our beloved leader will see how their corrupt and dictatorial leaders will run after run. But this time they will not find a place to refuge. Inshallah. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:34PM

    @Farz:

    AMEN! thank you for speaking some sense. president musharraf is not an angel. no one can argue that. but he is honest, patriotic, and deeply cares for the country. PML-N and PPP, have been tried twice and thrice, and failed. and yet they still want more chances. how come we cannot let president musharraf, for all his misjudgements, who ruled successfully for the most of his tenure, another term? especially in the backdrop of him and imran khan potentially teaming up against the PPP and nawaz. this coutry cannot afford those two parties anymore. and i can go as far as saying that if either of them wins the next elections, the country is is serious trouble and we are looking dead on an army takeover. so take your pick musharraf haters, army takeover or president musharraf?Recommend

  • ishtiaer hussain
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Mushy is the international face of Pakistan. He represents Pakistan at different international forums and defends Pakistan’s legetimate interests in the face of omni-present anti-Pakistan sentiments in the Western and Indian media. He is working to protect the interests of Pakistan in a very hostile environment in the US and Europe conveying the concerns and compulsions of our country. Tell me the name of a single leader of international stature from Pakistan who is trying to create goodwill for Pakistan at the international level other than Musharraf. Do you think other leaders have the guts to face the wrath of international media while defending Pakistan and its interests? Are the US and European think-tanks and universities foolish that regularly invite Mushy for lectures while paying him millions of dollars? Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:51PM

    @Sindhvoice:
    amriyat ho ya jhamhoriyat khalis honi chahye…Musharraf was million times better than people who are running the country today …..Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:02PM

    If NS had not removed Musharraf, than Musharraf would have toppled him. Nawaz sensed that and took the action but Musharraf’s Generals supported him. Musharraf had a fear that he will be removed for doing Kargil action without the PM’s permission. So he was maneuvering to topple the elected government. There should be a treason case against Musharraf under Article 6.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:11PM

    Pakistanis have very short memory. They have forgotten the movement in1999 against Nawaz Sharif & public chanting slogans on the roads “NAWAZ HATAO MULK BACHAO.”His claims about robust economy during his period with only $400 million left in the exchequer are known to all & sundry.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:36PM

    @Natasha:
    Then Its Alright. I thought you’re making a sarcastic note against my post (coz the Wrong word was in caps) :P

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:38PM

    After hearing how you caved in to Americans in a single threat and then to save your own precious self, sold the whole nation to NRO people. Sir, I think the best you can do is to support PTI.Recommend

  • Fahad Haider
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:12PM

    The biggest mistake Musharraf did was he spared Nawaz Sharif’s life, should have hanged him long time a go.

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:32PM

    @ K salim jangir,
    If some hoest man comes in pakistan u know he can get 100 billions $ just from banks looted money and impement the tax and make jobs and make free pakistan from
    foriegn hands and put these fuedals and Mullahs on work so they know how much test
    food after sweating and hard working and u know easy money makes them a Ratans of Akber the great.Recommend

  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:46PM

    @A J Khan: Public should be thankful to you for providing this information.One hopes the Chief Justice of Pakistan reads this & takes a note of it.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:58PM

    @Yasir Mehmood: You have seen a civilian VC awarding degree of Phd: to Rahman Malik,thats what they do.

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  • Observer
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:35PM

    @ishtiaer hussain:

    “Mushy was great when it came to economic management of the country. “

    Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz used smoke and mirror to create an illusion of economic progress. All the numbers were cooked up. Any increase in GDP was due to unsustainable consumption based policies. The reason Pakistan is in such economically dire straits today is a direct consequence of Mush/Aziz smoke and mirror economic policies.

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  • Observer
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:36PM

    @Meekal Ahmed:

    Good points. Add investment to GDP ratio to your list.

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  • khurram kaleem
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:43PM

    @ishtiaer hussain

    Mushy did not managed economy well .when he took over we were close or better than India.when he left we were far behind india in 2007.

    Also poverty level in pakistan is declining as per capita is increasing every decade for e.g since 1970 every 10 years USD 150 per capita increase is there.

    so poverty will decline further in 2020 when our per capita will be USD 1500 .

    Mushy ruined our economy making us non productive economy .there was no industrial nor agricultural out put growth in his tenure.The size of all major crops and harvest area remained stagnant.Only speculative business in housing property flourished converting fertile lands into plots.

    it was the most miserable period in islamicand known history since independence.Pal accept it !

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  • ayesha
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:52PM

    @Noor:
    “Yes, he committed a blunder for exceeding his limits.”

    Firing a COAS is not outside the limits of Prime Minister in a Parliamentary democracy. Actually even the defense minister who is part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet is able to make such a decision in India. Even in US, the general in charge of Af-Pak region was removed by Obama due to anti-administration comments in an interview.The army should come under civilian institutions in a true democracy.

    The idea that army determines the foreign policy in Pakistan instead of civilian institutions has resulted in a lot of trouble in the past.

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  • khurram kaleem
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:53PM

    @k. Salim Jahangir

    i disagree… as Pakistanis dont have short memories.we rememeber every single day .when on 29th may 1999 US president in his speech declared after pak nucluer test “pakistan has made a mistake and we will make them a bad example for the rest of global community”

    At 400 million reserve we were sovereign and less dependent on international financial institution.NS and ppl of pakistan were in a fighting mode and recovering and not as immune and helpless as we are today.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Fortunately the Constitution of Pakistan is there but with few exceptions, most of the people do not what is the Constitution and what are their Constitutional Rights.

    Like many other people, General Musharraf also does not know as what is the Constitution.

    Had General Musharraf knew as what is the Constitution of Pakistan, he would have never thrown out the elected government of Nawaz Sharrif through a military coup.

    Gneral Musharraf has said that “Removing me from COAS post was Nawaz Sharif’s blunder”, but General Musharraf does not know that the biggest blunder he made was to throw out an elected government at the gun point.

    I don’t see any difference between an ordinary bandit and General Musharraf.

    Now PML(N) is asking to frame treason charges against General Musharraf. If caught and tried in the court of law in Pakistan, General Musharraf could face death sentence.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:42AM

    Musharraf should be tried under Article 6(1), and those who helped him overthrow elected government should be tried under Article 6(2). How dare this man say that the PM – of which, by the way, I am not a fan; but constitution is constitution – could not have fired him? Blunder? Aik chori ooper say seena zori. A day will rise in Pakistan when there will no pliant justice around, and generals like Musharraf will be punished. Pakistan Spring will happen.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Stevenson
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:56AM

    @ishtiaer hussain: Musharraf was the international face of Pakistan and projected all that was wrong. Think about it: an illegal dictator ruling a nation that is supposed to be a constitutional democracy. Musharraf made the nation appear as backward as every other African and Arab country where illiterate masses need to be hered by some man with a gun. The damage he did to Pakistan’s reputation is unquestionable. That’s why we need to turn a new page and find a new leader to project an educated progressive image of a new Pakistan.

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 1:00AM

    The whole world saw much higher level of Democracy than ever before taking root in Pakistan under the so called military dictator Pervez Musharraf from 1999 to 2007. Women Empowerment in highest national institutions. Media Empowerment. Basic Education for the forgotten millions of rural poor through his NCHD National Commission for Human Development program. And much more. He may be a military man but his heart and soul has always been for a better Pakistan.

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  • fus
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @Khurram kaleem, I wonder how old are you or where at the time of take over that you don’t remember the condition of economy in 1999. Anyone who denies that the economy during Musharraf was lot better then today or even during BB and NS is just saying out of hatred. I guess you do deserve PPP and PML (N). Recommend

  • Mirza
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Mush’s statement shows the scorn and contempt of country’s civilian laws and constitution. No paid govt servant should be above the country and its laws. According to him just like Qadri he was justified to take the laws in his own hands because he thought Nawaz Sharif was incompetent. In every democratic, civilized and modern countries the generals are told to follow orders and not make any decisions. Mush is a fugitive from law and the CJ should show courage to bring him to Pakistan and give Mush his day in court.

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  • Noise
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Musharraf shot this country in the foot by not making new dams and power plants when we had the money . And now because of the power crisis and lawlessness all that economic progress of the past decade is gone down the drain.

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  • Raja Islam
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:02AM

    Musharraf was just another corrupt general who wanted to stay in power for ever. Right or wrong, the Prime Minister can remove the COAS.

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  • MarkH
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:28AM

    Just a small contribution…
    Just because something is legal does not mean it can’t be a blunder. That is how laws change and evolve. Also, for all of Musharraf’s negative traits and contributions it does not mean you should ignore the positive ones. You can incorporate his positive traits into something without bringing his negative along with all its baggage.

    That can all happen without someone obtaining the label of someone who supports or rejects a candidate. It’s called learning.

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  • Waqar Ahmed
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:26AM

    For me the best thing Musharaf did for Pakistan was the freedom of press and allowing of so many TV channels. It is because of this that everybody can express his opinion freely. This will go a long way in making Pakistan independant and stand on its own feet. Shaikh Rashid who was the information Minister at that time should also be commended for this. People may not realize this now but history would remember him for this. like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is remebered for putting Pakistan on the road to become a nuclear power and giving every citizen of Pakistan the right to have a passport. this inflow of billion of dollars from foreign countries is because of that decision.

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  • Historian
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:44AM

    Those who are saying that Musharraf deposed Sharif, have poor knowledge of history, illiteracy, loss of memory or selfish vested interests.
    Even Gen. Butt’s badges were fake and not issued from GHQ when Nawaz Sharif made him COAS while risking lives of over hundred Pakistanis.

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  • Non conformist
    Oct 14, 2011 - 4:49AM

    A democratically elected prime minister has every right to dismiss a sitting army chief. In recent history this has been done twice by U.S presidents Harry S Truman who removed Gen Douglas MacArthur in 1951 and Obama who removed Gen Stanley McCrhystal last year. In countries like Pakistan, generals consider themselves having unfettered powers which leads to bonapartist tendencies.

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  • Fatima
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:07AM

    I see a few people commentig against Musharraf. Such people are good with corrupt and incompetent leaders, to see Pakistan going down. Musharraf introduced democracy at gross root, empowered women, stood up against extremists, librated from IMF, freed media, sustained GDP at above 7.0, reduced poverty to half, bulit infrastructure and so on. We need such honest and visionary leaders.

    My vote is for Musharraf.

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  • MI
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:10AM

    Mashallah support for Musharraf is growing, which is good sign for the country. Probably people realizing their mistake by bringing fake leaders into power.

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Imposition of emergency against his own government was even a bigger blunder of Musharraf.

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  • Malik Tabeer
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:17AM

    WHat so ever i going to give Musharraf Another Chance And inshallah he will be right back in action

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  • Bilafond
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:44AM

    All Above: It is time you send people with proper genes to the Military, breed well so that our future generations get proper COAS’. The conception has to be immaculate. Sow and germinate Now, lest it is too late.

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  • Zafar
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:44PM

    Whoever saves the country no matter how he does my vote is for him. Musharraf saved the country from the corrupt government. Musharraf defenately saved the country and put it on the right path by acting against terrorists whether hiding in Lal Masjid or elsewhere. I will support whoever works against extremists and corruption.

    My country is secured if the looted money comes back to the country and the terrorists are thrown in the Arabian Sea.

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  • Shabbir
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:38PM

    It is our collective responsibility to choose sincere and visionary leaders such as General Musharraf. I wish Imran Khan and Musharraf support each other for a greater cause.

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 4:48PM

    @A J Khan:Nice joke

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Reading all comments upto ” Ali Tanoli,18 hours ago” I am convinced that yes Pakistan is yearning for Mush and needs MUSH and he must come back. Good luck.

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  • ehsanali
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @Mohsin:
    Nawaz Sharif tried to kill musharraf along with many children and innocent passangers on that flight he should have been hanged instead of sending him to SA there he cheated and ran away to UKRecommend

  • Farhan
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:41PM

    I am not fan of Mr Mush neither i blindly support Nawaz Sharif. In principle Mush is grossly wrong to say it was blunder of then PM Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. It is not about personalities it is about constitutional roles. COAS is, and should remain under prime minister at all cost. We cannot allow Army ruling our country. Today, we all know Pakistan is run by Army which should be changed now. Enough is Enough.

    Like Nawaz Sharif’s some mistakes, Mr Mush had also made grave mistakes on which Kargil war is still on top. Who will pay for this Mr Mush.

    Countries do not run on personal choices, they run on principles. Period!

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Oct 14, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @k Salim Jahangir
    Karachi university’s chancellor is current sindh governor installed by mushy!

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  • Raja Islam
    Oct 14, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Pakistan is a democracy and people have the right to choose their leaders. If the majority want Musharraf in power so be it. However, we should not justify acts of deposing civilian governments and imposing marshal law. These are acts of treason and should be dealt with accordingly.

    People who complain about elected governments should exercise their right to vote. If the majority vote with them then they will end up with their preferred candidates.

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  • ik
    Oct 14, 2011 - 10:59PM

    @ishtiaer hussain:
    Musharraf – The Military Dictator who has put Pakistan in this hopeless mess it is today
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  • Cheeko Beeko
    Oct 14, 2011 - 11:44PM

    What people would like to say about Musharraf after reading the story of General (R) Ziauddin in today’s local daily newspaper.

    To read the complete story, please click the link below:

    http://ummat.com.pk/2011/10/14/news.php?p=story1.gif

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  • Observer
    Oct 15, 2011 - 3:28AM

    @khurram kaleem:
    You forgot to add that Mush can’t be forgiven for bombing Akbar Bugti to death with “you won’t know what hit you” and brutalities against the Baloch.

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  • Maria
    Oct 15, 2011 - 8:24AM

    Let me get this right- if an elected Prime Minister in a democracy removes a general it is a “blunder”. Does Musharraf not know that in all democratic constitutions, an elected official has the right to remove a general? I agree with the commentators who say that Nawaz Sharif’s biggest blunder was to make such a character as Musharraf the COAS without realising this man’s intelligence or lack of it!

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  • Mujtba
    Oct 15, 2011 - 9:44AM

    @Maria

    Yes an elected prime minister does have the right to fire COAS, but not by this stupid way by refusing landing of a plane carrying innocent 300 people, and diverting the plane to India. Does this make a sense? Is this the right way to remove a COAS?

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