Karachi rally: Musharraf to defy threats, return home this month

Published: January 8, 2012

APML chief says he will fly in to Karachi between January 27 and 30. PHOTO: AFP

APML chief says he will fly in to Karachi between January 27 and 30. PHOTO: AFP Musharraf to land in Karachi in January. PHOTO: REUTERS Fireworks explode as supporters of the political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) take part in a rally addressed by their party president Pervez Musharraf via video link. PHOTO: REUTERS Supporters of the political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) take part in a rally addressed by their party president Pervez Musharraf via video link (unseen) from Dubai, near the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi January 8, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS Leaders and supporters of the political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) surround a screen broadcasting a speech by their party president Pervez Musharraf from Dubai via video link, in Karachi January 8, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS APML rally mid-afternoon. PHOTO: @AKCHISHTI APML officials say rallies are on their way and it will take them some time to reach to venue.

KARACHI: As political fervor whips up across the country, the former dictator has decided to jump in, head first.

Clad in a crisp white shalwar kameez, former president and chairman All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Pervez Musharraf announced he would return to Pakistan between January 27 and 30, despite ‘baseless’ court cases, and risks to his life.

The announcement was synchronised with red and green fireworks, and chants of ‘welcome’ in the Mazar-e-Quaid neighbourhood.

“I am coming to Pakistan not for myself, but to bring happiness to the masses and solidarity to the country,” Musharraf said, while addressing the APML rally on Sunday through video conferencing.

Speaking from Dubai to a crowd of between 6,000 to 10,000 people, Musharraf said his rally is not a tsunami, but an “earthquake which would affect Pakistan’s politics.”

The former president said that some politicians say he has already had his time, and should not return.

“During my innings, I have scored a century. I know how to run this country more than anyone,” he said, adding: “Then there are those who have not even played their innings. I want to tell them that they should think twice before confronting me.”

Dictator’s diatribe

The former president, who ruled for eight years, compared his regime with the present-day situation. During my time, people had jobs, trains were functional, Pakistan was safe from IMF’s clutches and there was a reverse brain-drain, with expats returning to Pakistan to settle down, he said.

“But today, Pakistan is on the brink of destruction,” he proclaimed before embarking on a tirade: “Prices of essential items have increased three-fold, people are selling their children to run their houses, electricity and gas, apart from being unavailable, is expensive; trains have derailed and PIA is grounded, the economy has plunged while terrorism and extremism are on the rise, and people have no hope for a bright future.”

Reaching out

Musharraf addressed various ethnic communities, and lent his support to the Bengalis, saying that they should be considered citizens of the country, and given their identity cards and passports.

He reminded the Kashmiris of the foreign aid he solicited for them after the 2005 earthquake, and wooed the Hazaras by saying that he was always in favor of a separate Hazara province.

Musharraf said he would fight from the Chitral constituency in the next elections.

Referring to Nawab Akhbar Bugti’s murder, Musharraf said some politicians are visiting Balochistan and conspiring against him.

People say I am an enemy of the Baloch, but during my eight years, no one did more for the province than I did, he claimed, adding that he brought immense progress to the Marri and Bugti tribes.

He added, though: “I will always be an enemy of those who are against Pakistan, who burn its flag and who are killing Punjabis and Hazara.”

The rally was addressed by a host of other party leaders before Musharraf.

APML secretary general Haris Nawaz, who was criticised by the party’s Karachi division for hijacking the event, said “the party would give all people their rights.”

Salma Murad, wife of actor Waheed Murad, said the people ‘need’ Musharraf. Also in attendance was Gholam Mujtaba, famous for his ubiquitous billboards across Karachi, who said that people coming from Sukkur and Khairpur for the rally has proven that the former president is popular everywhere.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2012.

Reader Comments (115)

  • Altaf Ahmad Khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:27PM

    i mean hold your horses,,,, the crowd will start to arrive its SUNDAY. So chill !!

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  • Ali
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:28PM

    I am surprised that some are still supporting a dictator that ripped the constitution to shreds and sent Pakistan hurtling into a web of fanaticism, lawlessness and chaos.
    I would be surprised even if 1000 people show up but then party spokesmen have the tendency to add zeros!

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  • Hawkins
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:32PM

    I think this news writer and this paper is fully paid by Nawaz group…..! speak truth life is short very soon you will meet Allah …….think of that too….!Recommend

  • R.Khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:40PM

    If Pakistan to survive, he is our only hope! But I doubt that this nation want to survive since they have a death wish. We keep on talking about constitution, what if there is no Pakistan but we still holding on to constitution. Our problems started with the 73 parliamentary form of constitution otherwise we were economically progressing during presidential form of government with Ayub Khan.

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  • Jan 8, 2012 - 3:46PM

    One TV channel owner told me that they are receiving instructions from ISI personnel to give the SAME level of coverage to Musharraf’s Jalsa in Karachi today as given to Imran Khans Jalsa – Naeem Ul Haque [Official] , PTI Sindh President

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  • Arsalan Ghummman
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:49PM
  • Chengez K
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:50PM

    May be this should act as an eye opener for the Gentleman….may he now finally retire

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  • Khan Saab
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:50PM

    He should visit Garahi Khuda Baksh to learn what attracts people.

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  • Asad Malik
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:54PM

    @Ali

    You seem to be comfortable with the corrupt leaders.

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  • Copper
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Would it be enough for the general to open his eyes? He should return and be accountable for the massive blunders he did during his tenure.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Yeah. u r right. Rally is on its way…… will take a few months to reach the venue as its coming from London and Dubai.

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  • A
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:09PM

    He has not received any coverage. Thats why seats are empty.

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  • observer
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:13PM

    it seems that the political entity worst affected by PTI’s meteoric rise after Oct 30 was not PMLN or PPP but infact Musharraf. Let’s hope that this attendance today serves as an eye opener for the self acclaimed messiah.

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  • Raza Habib Raja
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Haha…perhaps this will open Musharraf’s eyes:pRecommend

  • THE
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:19PM

    He should held a rally on facebook, maybe more people would have showed up there.

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  • Mani
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @Asad Malik:
    Yes and guess who allowed all of the criminals to come in through an NRO just to get a safe exit? If Musharraf was really such a proud Pakistani, he should have stayed and faced the courts and the consequences of his actions.

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  • Rabia
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:21PM

    A brutal eye-opener for Musharraf! But would he get the message?Recommend

  • Nazia
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Did Ateeqa Odho show up at least?:)Recommend

  • Asad Jan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Mr. Musharaf, please leave us after handing over the Govt to your brother Mr Zardari and taking whole nation to turmoil

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  • Salahuddin
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:35PM

    MQM should help APML for the sake of their ex-darling/ex-dictator.

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  • Omer
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:37PM

    General sb, kitney aadmi thay?:p

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  • MAD
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:38PM

    @Khan Saab: graves attract people?

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  • Usman Ahmed
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Haha…I can’t wait to watch Hasb-e-Haal tonight. This is a Godsend for comedians.

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  • Rashid
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Just saying… the news should not be baised it is not india where MASALLA is essential for every news

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  • Jan 8, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Are the guest speakers Netanyahu and Aunty Shamim?

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  • Gul Khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:42PM

    The only way for APML to attract crowd is to let Atiqa Odho deliver the speech, instead of Mushy.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:59PM

    What works for the Pir of London Town does not necessarily have to work for Musharraf.

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  • Imran
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Let this be a lesson to Mush. Hope he will stays away indefinitely. I don’t like Zardari but he is democratically elected and will go sooner or later. Military dictators have done far worse damage to the country and they are impossible to be rid of. And let’s not forget, without Mush there would have been no black law like NRO…and therefore no Zardari.Recommend

  • Kareem
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Glad to see Pakistani people may be sick of the current dispensation but they still have the sense to see through an ex-dictator whose blunders we are still paying for!

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  • Maria
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:07PM

    If this is true, then I am proud to be a Karachiite…just as proud as the day hundreds of thousands turned up for Imran Khan. I am glad that the people know the difference. General Musharraf, please spare us.Recommend

  • Jimmy
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:12PM

    @Hassan Bin Fahim: By that argument, the “agencies” are supporting both IK and Mush. Yet, 200,000 turned out for IK…no one has come out for Mush. Does that say something? Even accepting that IK has the “establishment” behind him…his support is genuine. The “establishment” cannot conjure up 200,000. If they could, they would have done the same for Mush!

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  • Karachiite
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Without media coverage and establishment support he’s able to attract enough crowd, shows he’s a man of principles who want to bring real change in Pakistan.

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  • Ghuffi
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Perhaps, General Mush should have promised he would perform on the “tabla” or sing a few ghazals. Or maybe Ms. Odho could have prevailed upon her co-stars from “Humsafar” to make a guest appearance. Though in the latter case, there would have been a serious danger that those on the stage would have outnumbered the people at the “rally”:p General sb, the people have spoken. Now let them be!

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  • shahid
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:25PM

    3000, you must be kidding

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  • Aamir
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:30PM

    I salute the people of Karachi. They showed their hunger for change on December 25th and they have shown they are nobody’s fools today. General sb, you are our painful history. Imran Khan is our future. Recommend

  • Solangi
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:37PM

    The wise people of Karachi have spoken: they want the kaptaan, not the general!

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  • Faraz
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:39PM

    If Pakistan were the US, late night comedians would be writing Musharraf thank-you letters right now because his “rally” would have given them enough material for a week’s worth of jokes:D

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  • mohsin
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:44PM

    yes he was the dictator but I just know that in his era economy, inflation and progress of Pakistan all were much satisfactory.

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  • smssr84
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:46PM

    They should have advertised it on Humsafar’s facebook page!….

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  • AA
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:57PM

    What a joke. I had a doubt that he might not have big support, now it’s confirmed.

    PS: Might get 1 or 2 seats….may be

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  • Mohsin
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:02PM

    General sb, you had nine years of absolute power. You were Pakistan’s president, chief executive and commander-in-chief all rolled into one. What could you do now as President or Prime Minister, assuming you even made it that far — and that’s a huge assumption — that you couldn’t do then? And remember, this time, there would be severe checks on your power, from the parliament, from the media, from your own party, from the judiciary, and, last but not least, from your former comrades-in-arms. Count your lucky stars, you are still alive. In any other country, you, and not Husain Haqqani, would be facing treason charges today. In the name of God, let it go and let us be! Mind you, I HATE Zardari!

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  • Mustafa
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Long live Kaptaan, down with General.

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  • Bilal
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:09PM

    The world can be a strange and cruel place. A Kaptaan has shown a “General” how it’s done!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:11PM

    The valued readers of Express Tribune should note that Musharraf will never come until PPP or any other democratically elected government will remain in Pakistan.

    He is been forced by his APML party workers to come to the country but the question arises that the Court in Pakistan has declared his that he is an absconder and proclaimed offender and wanted in BB, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and Lal Masjid murders cases.

    I have not seen any leader climbing the ladder again to reach at the top in just 4 years time, how can Musharraf want to again become President of Pakistan?

    General Musharraf has already played his innings and his match is over once and for all.

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  • observer
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:11PM

    a jalsa of invisible silent majority.

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  • Asad Malik
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:13PM

    Without government funds, agency support – he has already enough gathering. He does not relies on patwaries or has to force school children to the jalsa.

    Musharraf talks straight – he is not a hypocrite.

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  • hassan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:18PM

    As a former army man, I am stumped. People of Karachi want to be led by a captain instead of a general. What’s the world coming to?:p

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  • Karachiwala
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Even after nearly 4 years of PPP’s corruption and incompetence, the people clearly have no love lost for the dictator who gave us terrorism and the NRO (i.e. Zardari) as his “gifts”. Karachiites, take a bow! I am proud of you!Recommend

  • observer
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:31PM

    where is the awami taaqat he was referring to on May 12, 2007??

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Don’t know about others. But I will take a winning “Kaptaan” over a has-been “general” any day!

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  • Irfan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:35PM

    I had heard about the “silent” majority but “invisible” majority is something new.

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  • Ali
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Asad Malik – Corrupt politicians steal from the country and probably leave it in shambles financially. Dictators twist and bend every rule to prolong their stay and to appease the ‘extremist’ elements that leaves the country in total shambles – morally, economically & politically. Ayub, Zia & Musharraf are prime testimony to this.
    PS. Mushrraf also had his share of the booty. HBL, PTCL & KESC privatization can be deliberated and discussed to death and we would also not discuss Chak Shehzad mansion here.

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  • Irfan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:53PM

    @observer: They are on facebook or catching “Humsafar” re-runs

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  • Ali
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Alos read ‘How Musharraf became a billionare’ by Ansar Abbasi in The News’s today edition. Makes Zardari look holy and pious and Imran Khan a pauper.

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  • Ammar
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Though his times were better for economy and social welfare but that was short-term and not a permanent solution. Because corruption was lesser than current Govt. The time has moved on. Pakistan today, is not what it used to be in last 60 years. Awareness among people has increased manifolds. Whatever, good or bad must be elected through people. Things will only improve this way. dictatorship is no solution. May Allah bless our country. Amen.

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  • Mohammad
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:05PM

    When Musharraf will be back in Country.. The Impact will be so different, surely.

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  • THE
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:23PM

    @Mohammad: Yes, exactly. He will be arrested on arrival. We all wait for that day!

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  • Umair
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Atiqa should have requested “Ashar” and “Khirad” to come. That would have guaranteed the success of the jalsa. IK looks quite the hero himself but Mush needed some help…tsk, tsk!

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  • Saad
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Even if 30 people showed up, it is a matter of shame for Pakistan. This man was a usurper and a dictator. Thanks to him, we have lost 30,000 people fighting an American war; thanks to his disastrous handling of the Lal Masjid affair, we saw an escalation in terrorism; thanks to his murder of Bugti, Balochistan is up in arms against Pakistan; thanks to his adventurism, we lost the moral high ground on Kashmir permanently; and, finally, thanks to his NRO, we have the corrupt government of the PPP. Recommend

  • Farooq
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:47PM

    I want the World Cup-winning captain, not the Kargil-losing general!

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  • Godfather
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Welcome back Musharraf! Any one with half a brain in Pakistan knows Musharraf is infinitely better than the rest. Today was a good beginning. Things will surely pick up when he returns.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Can any one tell me at what Richter Scale the “Zalzala” would be coming to Karachi between 27 to 30 January 2012?

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  • rashid
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:55PM

    thumbs up!!!
    yes sir, we are with u…only leader who talks straight and is not hypocrite… nobody can raise finger on him for corruption. open media, real sense democracy are the gifts of musharraf!!!

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  • Rana
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:55PM

    No doubt Musharraf is the best leader among the current slot. He will be in Pakistan this month to fight with the corrupt mafia. Heis getting strength every day. In Lahore 2,000 appeared, today if 10,000 then next time after his arrival may 100,000 and son on.
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  • Jan 8, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @mohsin:
    You have no idea how creative the national accounting can be.

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  • Salahuddin
    Jan 8, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Kaptaan’s prospective ally in a bad shape. General sahib, you ruled this country with the power of your “skin”.

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 8, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Dear Gen Musharraf

    Thank you for the Kargil fiasco, where we looked like fools to the world and talk of our nuclear status has never ended since then and if v can be trusted with it. Thank you for the lovely way u handled AQ Khan issue in ur ‘commando’ brave style (lol!). Thank you for giving in to the US pressure on one phone call. Thank you for the American ingress into Pakistan. Thank you for not adding even a single MW to the grid. Thank you for not passing fuel increase to the ppl when oil prices went high – that led to the coffers being empty so the new govt wud start with IMF. Thank you for the poor way u handled Akbar Bugti and for setting on fire to Balochistan. Thank you for Q league created and backed by govt funds on ur behest. Thank you for May 12 karachi. Thank you for supporting the MQM. Thank you for keeping ur son abroad and for having a green card while being President COAS and etc. etc. Thank you for ur jokes when Benazir was assassinated am sure they went a long way for the federation. Thank you for NAB and NRO before that the latter being the logical conclusion to something as draconian as the former. Thank you for saying what u did in Canada about Pakistani women on the Dr. Shazia issue. Thank you for giving bases to the US for drone attacks. Thank you for involving the army in every petty little matter and tarnishing its image. Thank you for ur so called civil service reform or should i say deform? Thank you for publishing ur book on an official trip. Thank you for the present – Shaukat Aziz. Last but not least and i really mean this one thank you for running away and not daring to come back. We Salute u! Pakistan would not be where it is today without u! and Thank you for failing to get an NFC for 9 years! WOW! must be a record!

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  • F Khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 8:23PM

    i would suggest that return but with a one-way ticket….khamakha paisa zaya hoon ga.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 8:55PM

    Musharraf’s six blunder Kargil war for USA to grab India.2.Unilateral cease fire in Kashmir under American pressure,why 79000 led their lives for the cause,all waste.3.Not building Kalabagh dam.4.Humiliated AQ Khan under American pressure and laid down drama.5 NRO for BB again under American dictate.6.Made local body system life less by placing civil police under DCO, politicians and crook bureaucrats got it done at last movement from him. Those who removed him are sending him again to bully Kayani,Zardari and Imran.mark my word drama of his arrest on arrival will take place to make him hero.Are we that innocent and goof.

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  • Imran
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Musharraf and Those who broke the constitution whoever it maybe should be put put on trial. Those who manipulated the constitution allowing them to enter country under the protection of NRO should be tried. Those broke the constitution by misusing there status as elected leaders involving themselves in corruption, money laundering n eventually leaving the country under a “state organised deal” should also be tried in the court. This is true revolution! Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Sorry general your time is up.

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  • Bashir
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Why PMLN dont talk bad about dictator Ziaulhaq. Nawaz Sharif is the product of Zia. They shud be ashamed of taking Zia sideRecommend

  • hamza khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:52PM

    @Ali:

    your obvioysly biased

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  • Nabeel
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Very pathetic numbers…!

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  • ABC
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:05PM

    What a fail show general sahaab. Save your self from humiliation. You are better off where you are.

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  • Rana
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:21PM

    @Ali

    Musharraf’s time for sure is coming. Look at faces of his opposition – they are already packing up. There is no room for corrupt leaders anymore.

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  • bunty
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:18PM

    If he couldnt fix the country in 8 years what makes him think he can change now?

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  • Moiz Sididqui
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:26PM

    These claims of no-support for APML Karachi rally are baseless and stupid, i was there, as a part of the rally. I could easily count 50,000 attendants for Musharraf at the zenith of the rally’s morale at around 7:30 PM. I saw more than 800 buses starting from Gurumander to Numaish, Now for the maths, a bus can easily hold up-to 40 people, now multiply that with the number of buses and you got (40×800) 32000 attendants.

    Now count the people who joined the rally on their bikes, personal cars, and coasters let’s say about uh… 10-15 thousand? judging by the parking space they took.

    As for the people claiming PTI managed 200,000 that’s just plain stupid. the ground can’t hold that amount of people, There were about 30-40k a majority rallying from interior NWFP and Punjab. the attendances from Karachi made for only a fraction of that amount.

    The Pakistani new channels are extremely biased about their coverage; PTI rally was the example of that, Their rally was exaggerated, Look it up in YouTube. it failed to claim 0.1m where they had support (People arrived from Interior NWFP, Punjab) (Security measures controlled by MQM), whereas MQM managed 50k without support (Lahore).

    Sab say pehlay Pakistan! Jeeay Musharraf!

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  • Shahid
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:47PM

    When people talk of constitutional violation in Pakistan I want to laugh. There has been no constituion in pakistan ever. If there was a constituion there would have been digintiy for common man. Has there been rule of Law any time in Pakistan ?. Most of the writers on this page are from the ruling exploiting class of pakistan who would prefer to have so called demcracy/ Lootocracy even on the cost of dying common man because the rising prices does not affect them. We shoot on our feet before by Kufran e- naimat throwing Musharraf . Musharraf remains biggest hope for the poor people of pakistan.Recommend

  • Shah G
    Jan 9, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Imran khan should be happy, another guy will be joining his party soon =) the team is well built by establishment n so r the settlements…..
    God Save pakistan !!

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Jan 9, 2012 - 12:43AM

    @Moiz Sididqui:
    You actually counted 50000 supporters, & 800 buses? Now thats a stretch

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  • Afaq
    Jan 9, 2012 - 1:23AM

    What a joke…… Stay in Dubai People of Pakistan need change not going to be fool again.

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 9, 2012 - 1:36AM

    Hello General, after reading the above comments I’m begging you not to come back. They don’t deserve you. Let these “boys” rot. You have no right to force them to go for develop and economic recovery. lol

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  • MMMMedia
    Jan 9, 2012 - 1:58AM

    @Moiz Sididqui:
    Your comment about media being biased is a gross understatement. I don’t know what these guys are upto. But it does make me worried about my homeland.

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Jan 9, 2012 - 1:59AM

    @Moiz Sididqui:
    Just look at the pictures above. You seriously think thats 50000? Because if thats true, than IK gathered 5million. Shameful to see people closing their eyes to the truth

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  • Anonymous
    Jan 9, 2012 - 4:21AM

    @Mohsin:
    And he had power to amend constitution just by saying so conferred on him by pco judge IC.no civilian including mr jinnah had that power.

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 9, 2012 - 4:35AM

    @Aamer Khawaja: You’re judging by a picture and the guy says he was himself there. And you think you have a right to use an offensive word like shameful so liberally. Who out of the you two gentlemen should be shameful is anybody’s guess. Sorry, but you asked for it. Lol….. Khwaja saheb!

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  • Kamil Bangash
    Jan 9, 2012 - 4:45AM

    We’ll await your arrival, say the people of Pakistan! Now don’t go on changing your mind at the last minute, commando.

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  • Malik Tabeer
    Jan 9, 2012 - 5:05AM

    We still Love President Musharraf Want to see u back in power
    Vision + honesty+hope+and confidence all i saw in his speach

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  • tariq
    Jan 9, 2012 - 5:17AM

    I guess the deep recession in Eurpoe and the US had no effect on Pakistan. Apparently, Musharaff like Bush lived in a dream world of huge debt which everyone in the world is not paying for. This dictator like the ones in Argentina, Brazil and Chile needs to pay for his crimes, hopefully he is tried and sent to prison for life

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  • I. Kamal
    Jan 9, 2012 - 5:38AM

    Parvez Musharraf, please don’t come to Pakistan. These people do not deserve you. They are quite happy with the last 4 years of Zardari and by the plunder and loot by turn which went on before you came to office. ‘Baarey aaraam se haiN ahl-e-jafa “tairey” baad.’

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  • Fatima
    Jan 9, 2012 - 7:07AM

    One media group, known for extreme opposition to Musharraf, reported 20,000 people. Gathering of this number without help of Patwaris, forced school children and government employees is quite enough to show Musharraf support.

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  • maz3tt
    Jan 9, 2012 - 8:43AM

    Altaf Hussain please listen where are you.

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  • Karim
    Jan 9, 2012 - 9:22AM

    Long Live Musharaff. Pakistani nation does not forget our benefactors. He lives in our hearts and minds

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  • observer
    Jan 9, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Let us have another ‘referendum’. This time with 98.98% in favour.

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  • Karim
    Jan 9, 2012 - 10:59AM

    @Fatima:
    His opponents will see real show of people when he will arrive in Karachi.

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  • Jan 9, 2012 - 11:12AM

    10,000 people want NRO.

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  • Jan 9, 2012 - 11:22AM

    It was the day of overwhelming joy and ecstasy for the nation, eager to see my favorite politician in K A R A C H I

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  • Nadeem
    Jan 9, 2012 - 11:56AM

    He is 68 years old now and would be no less than 80 by the time he gets a shot at the the presidency. I think he is 25 years too late for the job.

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  • Spare Karachi
    Jan 9, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Please dont land in Karachi… plzzzzz…. we dont want a May 12 Recap!!! Please go to Chitral, its your constituency… :(Recommend

  • Aamer Khawaja
    Jan 9, 2012 - 1:07PM

    @Eyes wide shut:
    Oh im so sorry for using the o-so-offensive ‘s’ word. I hope you are feeling okay. It would be better if ET also publishes the age of people who comment btw so i can mind my language. Secondly if you think thats 50K people, then the ‘s’ word is useless, the problem actually lies elsewhere

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  • Bashir
    Jan 9, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Musharaf come soon and save us from inefficient rulersRecommend

  • Boss
    Jan 9, 2012 - 2:55PM

    only he has a vision to change and paved the way of progress of pakistan and its people becasue his past proved that people progress with 8.0 gdp and industry/market was booming and people of pakistan was more happyRecommend

  • Taya
    Jan 9, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Musharraf is keeping my hopes alive about my country.

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  • hamza khan
    Jan 9, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @Imran:

    complete nonsense…the NRO was an understanding with BB, and the corruption cases were not an invitation for the jaahil awam to elect the PPP. did musharraf also do that? laying the blame on his doorstep is fashionable, but not very smart.

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  • hamza khan
    Jan 9, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @Karachiwala:

    wait till he returns…we’ll see who the country or the city by the sea wants. imran’s politics is appealing to 20 year olds. imran is in for a rude shock at the end of january. Recommend

  • Unar
    Jan 9, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Disappointed with tribune for giving headlines to a dictator, who is solemnly responsible for the current situation of Pakistan. How can one forget your obedience to US, selling your own land, Lal Masjid, Bugti Murder, Benazir Muder, economic meltdown.. and the 3rd of Nov? You should be ashamed of yourself for calling yourself a ‘saviour’ of Pakistan.

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  • molvi_whisky
    Jan 9, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Six to ten thousands attending his rally isn’t bad given his APML isn’t organized yet – you hardly ever see it covered by the media. Compare that with the video rallies by Altaf in his centre of power Karachi and the audience seem to be subdued. I’m sure there will be a lot more when he returns.Recommend

  • dv sikka
    Jan 9, 2012 - 10:48PM

    The present government has lost all credibility after the Memogate affair. There are shortages of essential goods in the country. The people are indeed suffering. Musharraf should come and take over.
    If it happens will Zardari be sent back to jail or will he run away to a foreign country and enjoy his millionsRecommend

  • Jadugar
    Jan 9, 2012 - 11:36PM

    Well The General has managed to get the Pakistan visa approved by the Saudis and the US, I just wonder if he got multiple or single entry. interesting times ahead

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  • Mogambo
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Is delighted. To see anti Musharraf people freaking out and making fun of his Jalsa. It’s good omen meaning he still can cause stir. The worst case scenario wouldve been no reaction or low reaction. Khush Aamdeed General. Care for a Cuban Cigar?

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  • khurram
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:02AM

    Pakistan First!

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:20AM

    Khwajajee: Don’t be so touchy. ET is the only Pakistani
    Paper that promotes an open discussion and encourages mutual respect and emotional intelligence. We don’t have to get emotional in expressing our divergent points of viewRecommend

  • coolman
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Only Musharraf can take Pakistan forward

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  • Moiz Siddiqui
    Jan 15, 2012 - 9:40PM

    @Aamer Khawaja: The original installation for the jalsa was supposed to serve 50,000 attendants (seats), and the fact that they were full is enough to support my claim.

    Now for all these ignorant, Lal Masjid siege was because it threatened pakistani sovereignty, those fanatic preachers were making state within state, and provoking terror around the city.

    And Pakistan economy stagnated? this is funny, lol.
    I actually remember Petrol being as low as PKR 50/L and Diesel at PKR 25/L.
    Every commodity was priced at-least 75% below compared to the rates today.
    PKR had RESPECT, Now its one of the most degrading economy, A USD was worth only 60PKR now its 92PKR.

    Stop being so ignorant, please.Recommend

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