We have to think about Pakistan first, said former president Pervez Musharraf while expressing his concerns over the lawlessness, unemployment and inflation in the country. “We are nothing without our country.” He added that most of the national institutions in the country were on the brink of disaster.
While addressing a public meeting via telephone at Airport Road on Saturday, he said that the country was being threatened but the government was busy defaming the army and intelligence agencies.
He said that he wanted to remind Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and Sardar Attaullah Mengal that the jawans joined the army from all four provinces, not just Punjab. He asked Sharif not to politicise the army.
“We have to stand united and save Pakistan,” he said. “We will have to struggle and try hard to for development and prosperity.”
He added that he will be back in Pakistan in January 2012.
Sukkur barrage and floods
While commenting on the Sukkur barrage, he said that years of floods and neglect had made the barrage vulnerable.
He added that in 2005 and 2006 he had spent millions repairing the damage. “The people of Sindh should be thankful to the army for saving their barrage,” he said. “The Right Bank Outfall Drain was bringing in poisonous water from Punjab and Balochistan and releasing it in Manchaar Lake.
He added that this was causing severe damage and his government had tried to remedy the situation but did not have the funds to complete the project.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2011.