Received assistance from King Abdullah to buy offshore property: Musharraf

Former president says JuD chief Hafiz Saeed should be released


News Desk February 16, 2017
A file photo of Parvez Musharraf. PHOTO: FILE

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday disclosed he received financial assistance from Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia in 2009 to purchase apartments in Dubai and London.

The former president said he was given the financial assistance because “King Abdullah was like a brother" to him. The claim came during an interview with a private news channel. However, Musharraf did not delve into further details saying it was a "private affair".

Explaining his relations with the late King of the Kingdom, Musharraf said, they had good family relations and King Abdullah considered him "one of his own". “I was the only one who he used to smoke in front of," he added.

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"Whenever there were banquets, I used to go to his swimming pool area and his inner quarters," he added. Musharraf also recalled that once when an OIC meeting was held in Makkah, King Abdullah, himself, took him inside the Holy Kaaba to offer prayers.

"He [King Abdullah] respected me and he loved me," the former president added.

The former military ruler further said he didn't purchase properties while being in power in Pakistan. “I would be held accountable if I made any property during my tenure as president. But when I went abroad in 2009, I established all the property I own in my individual capacity,” he said.

Speaking about Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's house arrest, Musharraf said, “We're confused regarding JuD and Hafiz Saeed like we [as a nation] are confused about terrorism.”

“The only reason India is against them [JuD] is because their supporters go to fight the Indian army voluntarily in Indian-held Kashmir,” he added.

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He further stated, “In my opinion they [JuD] are against the Taliban (in Pakistan) and they have not committed terrorism in Pakistan or anywhere in the world, so they should be dealt with in a separate manner.”

Musharraf added, “Hafiz Saeed should definitely be freed as they [JuD] are not terrorists and are in fact running a welfare organisation which is involved in post relief activities, during flood and earthquakes for the people of Pakistan.”

The supporters and workers of JuD have been engaging the religious youth in welfare and relief activities and they could incline towards the Taliban if we call them terrorists and try to lock them up, he added.

 

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COMMENTS (12)

Enough is enough | 4 years ago | Reply Malaysian PM was given donation by a sheikh for 1MDB. Pakistani PM was given apartment by a sheikh for London flats. Ex-CEO of Pakistan was given apartment by a sheikh for Dubai and London flats. How gullible they think common man is?
hamza khan | 4 years ago | Reply @nadeem: the reality is that pres musharraf did not have the funds himself to buy a property and thus the people who support him and consider him a brother supported him. you're saying you've never heard of this in our religion or culture?
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