Musharraf’s assets: ‘Farmhouse in the capital, Rs80 million in coffers’

Published: July 10, 2011
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FIA submits partial list, says information  yet to be sent. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

FIA submits partial list, says information yet to be sent. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

RAWALPINDI: 

The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) prosecutors informed an anti-terrorism court that former president Pervez Musharraf, who was declared a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, owns a farmhouse in the federal capital and has over Rs80 million in various bank accounts. The court had ordered confiscation of his movable and immovable assets, but the agency has yet to gather details.

The trial court declared Musharraf a proclaimed offender after he refused to appear before the court once his arrest warrants were issued. According to the information provided to special judge anti-terrorism court-III Shahid Rafique by special public prosecutor FIA Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, the former president has a five-acre farmhouse in Chak Shahzad. He also has 15 banks accounts, details of which were provided by the State Bank of Pakistan.

FIA officials informed the court during the proceedings at Adiala Jail that they have yet to receive any answer from Board of Revenue members of the four provinces, GHQ and Defence Housing Authority concerning details of Musharraf’s property. FIA investigators have accused Musharraf of failing to provide adequate security to the former PPP chairperson and issuing death threats to discourage her from returning to Pakistan for the 2008 general election.

The court provided former city police officer Rawalpindi Saud Aziz and SP Khurram Shahzad copies of statements of 96 prosecution witnesses. Their lawyers have also asked for statements of police officers cited as prosecution witnesses in the case. The two police officers obtained post-arrest bail after they were accused of security lapses which resulted in Benazir’s death on December 27, 2007 and for attempting to destroy evidence from the crime scene outside Liaquat Bagh.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned till July 23.

Five other men including Aitzaz Shah, Sher Zaman, Abdul Rasheed, Hasnain Gul and Rafaqat Hussain are in jail on charges of being part of the murder conspiracy plotted by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and abetting the suicide bomber who blew himself up near Bhutto’s car.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2011.

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  • Mirza
    Jul 10, 2011 - 10:37AM

    The poor lifetime salaried Mush could only leave 8 crore Rs, in Pakistani banks. All his foreign earnings and commissions are in foreign banks. This was the extra chunk of change that he must have forgotten before running away from Pakistan. How many honest salaried officials have that kind of cash simply laying around in addition to all the real estate and foreign assets? It must be remembered like any other military dictator, Mush has no charges of corruption. When you are in uniform there is lot of burkat in your salary!

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  • Jul 10, 2011 - 10:40AM

    PPP, PML-N and Naukar Shahi have joined hands to put hurdles through Agencies and special Courts to discourage Musharaf to come back by falsely implicating him him BB case.

    Everybody in the World knows that she died an accidental death while peeping outside from her Pajero Roof top. Even the present PPS (Zardari) could not catch the real culprits involved.

    Inshallah Musharaf will come out clean one day and will return to lead this country again as he is a real honest and statesman who has vision and has courage to talk even with his enemies – eye to eye.

    Every day we hear a new financial scandal of PPP and PML-N. But todate, not a single corruption case was even heared or pointed out against Musharaf which is a great credit. We need back such a great leader to lead this country to correct corridors of progress.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South Africa

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  • grinz09
    Jul 10, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Victimisation at it’s peak!

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  • Malik
    Jul 10, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Long Live Musharraf….. He is a True Leader……

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  • adnan
    Jul 10, 2011 - 11:31AM

    i want to say that no politician in this country is sincere to Pakistan.They are here to loot the country.The present gov has broken all records of corruption to such a level that the people who were against Musharraf remember him in good words and say his era was a better one.

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  • Mailk
    Jul 10, 2011 - 11:43AM

    A poor man indeed compared to our deomcratic Champions!

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  • Ray of Hope
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:06PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    Are you living in fool’s paradise? She was shot and killed not accidentally killed. You can say that Musharraf is better than this corrupt government that had taken the country’s debt to Rs. 11.3 trillions (88% more than the previous periods).

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  • Common Sense
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Corrupt Musharaff literally sold Pakistan to the devil and is now living in luxury in Dubai and UK. He personally made at least $50 million on the sale of state telecommunications assets. Musharraf must be hunted down and tried for all his crimes, including treason.

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  • Juko
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:16PM

    RIGHT! people sitting in south africa should come and visit his farmhouse in islamabad….it looks like bloody fort knox!!!

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  • Q
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:32PM

    Musharraf is and will remain great.. All his money has been earned through lawful means..

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  • Q
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Nobody notices the sincere look on his face..

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  • Jul 10, 2011 - 12:34PM

    @Common Sense:
    He is presently being intelectual giving lectures in difference countries. He has already delivered over 100 lectures and one lecture fetch around $1 Million. Musharaf is earning and not making easy money like the present rulers are minting.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi
    Johannesburg – South Africa

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  • Junaid
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:41PM

    haha….after four years this is all they could muster against Musharraf? I am sorry but he is one leader who was not corrupt like these filthy politicians. Not once could Zardari or Nawaz Sharif put an allegation of corruption on Musharraf. that is because they couldnt find anything to link him with!

    Pakistan will regret that they made him go…if we are spared by this govt to regret!

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  • atif
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:41PM

    @Common Sense:
    Yes as per your name; try to use it. Just compare the time of Mushraff and time now!. See the control of Mush time and control of today’s failures time..

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  • Sad Panda
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:54PM

    @ Dr Saleem. Obviously you are trying to get in to the good books of Mush because otherwise you will not leave your calling card like this on a comments section. The kind of life Mush is living in England and Dubai, one starts to wonder where did he get all this dough from. The two apartments near Khalifa Tower are almost 5 million $ a piece and heard similar price value for his town house in London. Corruption is corruption, there is no way someone is less corrupt or more corrupt. Mush did what all the politicians do i.e made a safe nest outside the country and when the tough time came, bailed! Mr less corrupt should also be asked to provide details on how he made all this money.

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  • Blithe
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:54PM

    All this ethnic tension,
    the breakup of the civil services,
    petty provincialism, publishing state secrets
    in best selling books, etc.

    Musharraf made Zia’s rule look like a tea party.

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  • Jul 10, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Musharraf takes approximately 200,000 (dollars) per lecture, so there is no point that he possess amount after looting people of Pakistan. http://www.dawn.com/2010/09/10/musharraf-s-earnings-from-lectures.html

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  • Shoaib Nangiana
    Jul 10, 2011 - 1:46PM

    No Musharraf lover myself, BUT you cannot get Musharraf on this. We have worst examples sitting in assemblies (OPEN SECRET),and Bureaucracy (serving or retired). Aren’t we all corrupt as a nation !

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  • parvez
    Jul 10, 2011 - 1:55PM

    How many two star and above generals, admirals, air marshals has this country churned out over the last 40 years ??? Musharraf’s wealth could be taken as average for this lot.
    It does seem like a staggering amount of money for a very poor performance when one looks at the pathetic state of the country. Then you add the corrupt politicians and the bureaucrat and the figure becomes mind boggling.
    After all this we still pay them pensions and perks that amount to billions yearly.
    Amazing !!!!

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  • Jul 10, 2011 - 2:10PM

    If he had been honest, he’d never have sacked the chief justice, he’d never have promulgated the National Reconciliation Ordinance, and he would never have left the country.Recommend

  • controlled missile
    Jul 10, 2011 - 2:38PM

    ,his era was somewhat hopeful,but look at this so called democracy,no ray of hope…….these matric pass politicians got nothing to give this country,

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  • Waqar
    Jul 10, 2011 - 3:39PM

    It is a shame…how these brain-washed ppl don’t even think that 80 million dollars is a days pocket money for Zardari or Nawaz Sharif and u r calling musharaf corrupt…atleast he has served this nation….started of an Lt. and took a salary of 4000 Rs… 80 million is not much if u consdier that he was army chief and president of Pak… do u know that Obama is worth 10 million USD….
    Musharaf has a real job an makes good amount of money through lectures….having a 5 million dollar apartment is no much since he can get that through 3-4 lecturs of his…

    BTW can any one of u guess what is the worth of Zardari and Sharif’s assets…any wild guess

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  • grinz09
    Jul 10, 2011 - 3:52PM

    @Common Sense:

    “$50 million on the sale of state telecommunications assets. “

    Please elaborate on this. On what basis are you making this wild allegation? Or is it your wonderful common sense that made you dream up this.

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  • khan
    Jul 10, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Pakistan must be the only country – with exception of perhaps Burma/Myanmar – where the generals become dollar multimillionaires. Not India and not even in the ‘superpoerful’ USA do uniformed employees of the state get paid so well for doing their jobs.

    Considering our lot have managed to lose every war they’ve fought, it is quite amazing how they feel entitled to siphon such a large amount of national wealth in to their pockets.,

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  • Dr Ahmad
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:05PM

    Musharraff is all time honest man and Great leader. All these allegations are false and engineered to show him down and justify own corruptions.

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  • MI
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Musharraf is the best leader that pakistan ever had. His crime is that he is sincere and honest to Pakistan and the people living in. While we deserve to be ruled by corrupt and looters. My dear leader Mushrraf ! we miss you ! we love you.

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  • shozz
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:16PM

    being able to deliver lectures, or the apparently sincere look on his face (interesting)is no touch stone for being great. majority of people in favour are direct beneficiaries. the temporary positive outlook in the economy is a prime indicator in the era of military dictators.

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:

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  • controlled missile
    Jul 10, 2011 - 7:38PM

    he made some mistakes,and he is the only pakistani leader who accepted his mistakes infront of whole world through tv channels.so what else is left behind? love you musharraf. his main characteristics……he is courageous,active,hardworking,can face big challenges,fearless,got leadership qualities,has strong contacts with leaders of gulf,an many more

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  • Jul 10, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Gen Pervez Musharraf was an honest and simple Army Officer throughout his Army service. As I know him and have worked under him; he never showed any desire for money or property. He was a generous friend and normally took care of others.

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  • caring sarcasm
    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:38PM

    @ shiroz.. let the world bank decide on whats temporary beneficial.. the common man was better.. petrol was cheaper.. living standard was better.. this democracy has ruined us.. more than 100 ppl died 4 days ago and it doesnt even matter. as if its a small thing these days.. Facts are Fact. Musharraf era was and will always be better than nawaz and zardari put tgther!. If democracy continues pakistan will be finished. so those who say give democracy a chance are living in a bubble.. we shud give it a chance if ppl like imran khan had a chance of winning.. put the with parlimentary style of govt he has no numbers and hence no chance!…

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Boy, that’s a lot of cash simply lying around.

    He declared SEVEN plots at the time he took over. We should find them.

    This plot and home was built later.

    Corruption is evil no matter what the dimensions. There is no such thing as more or less corrupt.

    Anyway, he is not and cannot come back for the simple reason that no one can/will guarantee him security. He will be in the same vulnerable situation as BB.

    How fate moves its giant hand!

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  • DA
    Jul 10, 2011 - 11:24PM

    To all dumbos, it is 80 million Pak Rupees and not dollars. Go calculate and figure it out and then compare with others.

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  • Azam MIrza
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:48AM

    Long live Pakistan Long live Pervez Musharraf … CJ PLZ FOR THE SAKE OF PAKISTAN STOP UR CAMPAIGN OF VENDETTA WITH MUSHARRAF I KNOW U AND NAWAZ HAVE BIGGER PLANS WHICH WONT SUCCEED …

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  • Fawad Azam
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:27AM

    Vengefulness at its best!
    I am sure even this low-ranking judge must have more in the coffers.
    Musharraf may be good or no good, but indicting him for this “murder” is real nonsense.
    Agree with @Waqar and @Yasser.

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  • FF
    Jul 11, 2011 - 2:05AM

    If that is all he has, he is officially the poorest former head of state of all time. 1 Million USD is all he has to his name. Thats less than what an average new yorker has in their bank account at that age.

    The guy is the real deal. He has an entire judiciary after him of the 5th most populous nation on earth and all they can get on this man is 1 Million USD in assets.

    Anyone that opposes his decision not to come back and face this joke of a court doesn’t have the right to call himself learned or an intellect.

    -FF

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  • Jul 11, 2011 - 2:08AM

    Vienna,10-07-2011
    I read two contradictory comments, one says General (rtd unhurt physically) earns
    now in retirement a million dollars per lecture and has so far given 100 lectures
    earning 100 million dollars.That does not explain if the lecture paid by shoes in
    U.K. remains excluded. The other comment cites Dawn on line having said Gen.
    Musharraf gives a lecture for 200,000 dollars! Who should be taken seriously.
    In any case the general claims to be willing,able and ready to participate in
    Pakistani general elections without visiting Pakistan.All news!
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 11, 2011 - 2:28AM

    @Maj Gen(Retd) Sultan Habib: What a wonderful comment from someone who ought to know President Musharraf better than most, here, giving opinions about some one’s character. I find Sultan Habib Sahib to be a very courageous man and a sincere friend of Pervaiz Musharraf. This shows character of a man and true friend among the generally characterless society that we live in.

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  • Bhai-saab
    Jul 11, 2011 - 2:38AM

    Even though Musharraf made some mistakes, overall his leadership had been much more better than the current leadership. He was never considered a dictator. He has been honest and loyal and a great patriot for Pakistan. Where does PPP leadership stand with their wealth accumulation and that should be the question.
    This government should focus on caring for the sufferings of the common citizens, its livelihood, its security and so many other crucial things rather than spending time and resources on their own politics of finger pointing. There are bigger things to do for this nation.

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  • sashayub
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:11AM

    @Maj Gen(Retd) Sultan Habib:
    as you claim musharraf was an honest officer, but if you really know the monthly salary and various plots the faujis get during their tenure, i’m sure you also know in your heart that musharraf’s assets are way beyond his means! let the man face charges, defend himself and let the courts decide the matter…chill out major gen, and don’t take musharraf’s assets personally,Recommend

  • Mohammed Arif
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:16AM

    All those who closed their eyes and critising Musharraf at this time and present state of affairs, are not sincere Pakistanies. They are the people who helped Zardari to rule us with his most corrupt Prime Minister. Just see the record what was growth rate at his time and what is now. It is dropped from 8.2% to 2%. No Electricity, No water, No Gas, No investment, Our own industries are closed, No. CNG. We all should pray to Allah to forgive us and give us a leader like Musharraf or better them him, regardless he comes through any way. We need a person who work for the betterment of poor people and for Pakistan. We need security to our kids, we need water, electricity, schooling, medicines NOT 22-23-24 tarmeems as it will not give us food.
    We have seen ruling style of both , PPP and Nawaz Sharief, both are looters. It is now more than 3 years, not a single case of corruption against PM is registered even against any minister of his time. Karachi firing was managed by the govt and it seems after meeting killing target of 150 Mr. Malik interfere and stopped. Where the killer gone? is there a single is killed by Police or Ranger, anyone arrested and presented to media? I prefer an alliance between Musharraf, Imran and MQM if we want to get rid of these two parties. Allah Bless all of us.

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  • Mirza
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:19AM

    @Maj Gen(Retd) Sultan Habib:
    You should be ashamed of siding with an absconder and fugitive. Multiple acts of high treason mean nothing to you. It carries certain death penalty. Protecting OBL in a custom home since 2006 and throwing 60 plus judges and their families in detentions are crimes against humanity. Whatever money Mush is making he is not coming back to Pakistan to deposit. Even before he ran away, he had his son Bilal and brother settled in the US, he was not keeping all the money in Pakistan. Look who is talking?
    I am glad that the Americans stole Pakistani military “asset” right from their eyes. Why would any active general not contradict our president, senators and generals? As the time goes by the lies would keep coming out in the open like an onion. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:27AM

    @MI:
    while Mush was the only one and best. Who are you kidding or fooling only yourself?
    should come to Pakistan and face the courts like a man and not run away just like they did in East Pakistan and Kargil. It is poetic justice that the country of his birth has denied him entry! Why would any Pakistani general want to go to India? India knows that he is a bad news and they treated him like that!
    The brave commando come back and have your day in court. Recommend

  • Jul 11, 2011 - 5:58AM

    A sinister plot to block him from entering Pakistan again.

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  • hamza khan
    Jul 11, 2011 - 9:04AM

    @Maj Gen(Retd) Sultan Habib:

    thank you for speaking the truth…its amazing people continue to blame him 3 years after he departed. lets see how many ppl living in pakisan would prefer him to the dacoits in power today.

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  • Shafqat Ali Khan
    Jul 11, 2011 - 10:31AM

    As the time goes by the lies would keep coming out in the open like an onion.

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  • Mohammed Arif
    Jul 11, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Some friends are only talking about the decision of Judges and NRO which Gen. Musharraf has admitted as non popular decision and mistake respectively. What about his rest services rendered to Pakistan in his 9 years tenure. No body talks about his positive steps like Gawadar Port, Tax Documentation first time in the history of Pakistan, Construction of bridges and roads specially Karachi, Handling Kashmir Earthquake effectively and free of any scandal, remarkable investment, Handling India who moved considerable size of his army on Pakistan Boarder for a period of 11 months, Refusing USA to send Army for Iraq and then in Afghanistan, convincing a large number of Head of State visiting Pakistan increasing respect to the Nation, Mega projects in Baluchistan, highlighting Coal mines importance (Dr Mubarik working these days in THAR), Bye Bye to IMF and taking loan on Pakistani condition not world bank conditions as before, getting India on table to talk about Jammu and Kashmir and first time declared by them as disputed area, Bus Service between two parts of Kashmir, encourging people to people contact between Pakistan and Indian defusing tention. I also remember his speech in United Nation in which he said Pakistani Madares are biggest NGO of the world except few. Independent Media, many channels and hundreds of people getting job, revolution in IT; mobile companies with hundreds of people on job now. He being an Army General proved a real democratic. We should be realistic.

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  • Sad Panda
    Jul 11, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Its quiet shocking how come of my fellow countrymen on this comment section are trying to prove Mush is better than the current and past leaders. Have you guys forget Mush’s Kargil misadventure, which not only put US and EU in India’s side but also got us the name as a “rogie nation”. How about the 100’s of Pakistani soldiers who were left to die on the icy heights of Kargil as the “brave commando” made a hasty retreat. And who about the stupid act of killing Bugti, which resulted in a low intensity conflict to turn into a full fledged insurgency in Baluchistan. What about calling Pakistani women “who will do anything to get a foreign passport even get raped”?
    The so called economic revolution in Mush’s time was plain american dollars at work. Our issue has always been Mush like yahoo’s who break the law, constitution etc to get into the president house. Democracy has not failed us but the dictatorship have. Not a single democratic regime ever finished its term in power but the dictators rule us for decades and when out of government jet off to foreign pastures. Mush’s chek shahzad house was built when he was still the president of this god forsaken country. He bought his condos in Dubai and London before he bailed the country and started going on lectures. He might be less corrupt but he has committed a treason against the country by starting a war, leaving pak soldiers to die and over throwing a democratic government.

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  • Sad Panda
    Jul 11, 2011 - 11:02AM

    Its quiet shocking how some of my fellow countrymen on this comment section are trying to prove Mush is better than the current and past leaders. Have you guys forget Mush’s Kargil misadventure, which not only put US and EU in India’s side but also got us the name as a “rogie nation”. How about the 100’s of Pakistani soldiers who were left to die on the icy heights of Kargil as the “brave commando” made a hasty retreat. And who about the stupid act of killing Bugti, which resulted in a low intensity conflict to turn into a full fledged insurgency in Baluchistan. What about calling Pakistani women “who will do anything to get a foreign passport even get raped”?
    The so called economic revolution in Mush’s time was plain american dollars at work. Our issue has always been Mush like yahoo’s who break the law, constitution etc to get into the president house. Democracy has not failed us but the dictatorship have. Not a single democratic regime ever finished its term in power but the dictators rule us for decades and when out of government jet off to foreign pastures. Mush’s chek shahzad house was built when he was still the president of this god forsaken country. He bought his condos in Dubai and London before he bailed the country and started going on lectures. He might be less corrupt but he has committed a treason against the country by starting a war, leaving pak soldiers to die and over throwing a democratic government.Recommend

  • Q
    Jul 11, 2011 - 11:15AM

    @Maj Gen(Retd) Sultan Habib – I am sure he was like that. I am sure the people who continue to criticize him have hardly studied him as a person or his governance. Long Live Musharraf.

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  • MI
    Jul 11, 2011 - 11:18AM

    @Mirza

    You are fooling no one else but yourself. Are you living in fools paradise? Go to streets and ask people – you will get the answer. Musharraf lives in hearts of Pakistanis.

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  • Adi
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Thats just 923,000 USD..something he could make from just 5 lactures…do the rest of the maths

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  • grinz09
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:39PM

    @Maj Gen(Retd) Sultan Habib:

    Sir, I commend you for sharing your experience! Let me share mine. I interacted with a member of his family just by chance without a single contact and was surprised at the decency and humility. And this when he was wearing 4 hats – President/CE/COAS/Cjs! Indeed he is a great man.

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  • grinz09
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:46PM

    @Mirza:
    Let me remind you of those many who committed multiple acts of treason – Faiz Ali Chisti (Zia’s number one crony)who is still alive and well, Rogue Hamid Gul, Asad Durrani and so many politicians, top among them is the one who was born and bred by dictator and went to the extent to say as late as 1996 that his life mission was the mission of his mentor (the dictator). This statement was made at JABRA chowk.

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  • LOOSE DHOTI
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:50PM

    @sad panda
    you are just describing the negative aspects of musharraf,according to you he has not done anything worthwhile.you are trying to defame him.but reality is that a common man is missing him right now.despite of his misdeeds while in power.our youth likes imran and musharraf.so in no way these people are better then musharraf.

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  • sam
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:56PM

    @Sad Panda:
    you ahve got to be kidding me.. at least the man is all up front about where he got his cash and assets from………… what can u say about our current government where political leaders refuse to acknowledge any of their assets within or outside the country at fears of having to pay taxes while also disclosing source of income.

    its sad what double standards we ahve in pakistan..

    @the author ……… very VERY disappointing

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  • Mukhtar Ahmed
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:56PM

    What Gen Musharraf has is total white money therefore finger pointing is un warranted.But for his two blunders NRO and sacking of Chief Justice and judges of higher Judiciary, his performance is rated good.True he also obliged his friends out of the way forgetting that these acts would form charge sheet against him. He misread his own created kings party PML(Q) who disowned him the moment he was in trouble and welcomed his resignation.His another blunder has been to appoint Ch Shujaat as PM of Pakistan who could hardly speak thus bringing bad name to his good name.

    He is not the only one to own Farm House, there are brigadiers, Major Generals and senior politicians who all have un lawfully converted farm houses in to palatial houses.These Farm houses were to grow vegetables under clean enviornamnets not to build houses.It is time Suo Motto is taken and these houses converted back to real farm houses to teach lesson to rulers who continue to break laws without any fear of accountability.

    It is very sad that greed destroyed his personality and all good work done by him gone for a six.He should have thanked God that he became Chief of Army Staff and then installed himself as President of Pakistan that too long for eight years.Was it necessary to get reelected from dying assemblies? TAQAT KAY NASHAY MAIN HUMARI ANKHOON PAR PARDA PAR JATA HAI.May God help this man!

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  • LOOSE DHOTI
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Mohammed Arif:
    great job sir,your comments are an eye opener for all those who can just criticize.

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  • Sher
    Jul 11, 2011 - 2:00PM

    Ask the people even today – They would like an alliance of Imran Khan, Musharraf and MQM ideally. Great meeting of the minds and strength and intelligence to uplift Pakistan from its current sorry state.

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  • Jul 11, 2011 - 3:40PM

    Whatever the assets he has, but no doubt Pakistan made progress in his tenure. I know, Red mosque and judiciary are a black spots on his profile, but what is most important is Pakistan. Keep in mind, I am an orthodox, and on many accounts of enlighten and moderation, I am totally against him, but I still prefer him compare to others.

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  • Yousaf
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:55PM

    I do not accept any comments against Musharraf from the Pakistani people, unless you have a president like Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

    The day you will elect a president like Mohammad Ali Jinnah, curse, abuse, and disrespect Musharraf as much as you want.

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  • Sad Panda
    Jul 11, 2011 - 4:36PM

    @Sam. Are you telling me that since he disclosed his assets that makes the assets legal? Are you telling me that he is not hiding any of his assets as we speak? You talk about double standards but want to give Mush a pass? Lets brings all these politicians and Generals back here and have them go through legal process. Double standards are when people malign politicians but give brave commando a pass. And what “common people” are you talking about? The common people in Baluchistan are vying for Mush’s blood. The “common people” in Sindh voted for PPP again and again. The “common people” in KP blame Mush for installing MMA on them and destroying them. The ” common people” in Punjab, most of them, are with PML-N. The only “common people” who are with Mush are his facebook army, and most of these people are sitting outside the country.

    Mush must pay for his deeds, same way Zardari and Nawaz should. Not a single general in our sorry history has ever been bought to justice, jailed or kicked out of country. A General who sends his soldiers to war only to deny ever sending them to war is a coward!

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  • Babloo
    Jul 11, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Most of Pak history and even today, its Pakistan army that rules Pakistan and has made what Pakistan is today. The repression in East Pakistan, the humilation of 1971, Kargil and the ultimate folly of breeding terrorists as strategic assets is a gift of army to the Pak nation.
    In shoprt, no other institution has contributed so much to Pak’s demise as the corrupt establishment has.

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  • haris
    Jul 11, 2011 - 5:41PM

    I have no hope for Pakistan unless & until we have citizens of Pakistan, who after all the miseries still praising Musharraf, Nawaz or Zardari.

    I sadly wonder, the country like Pakistan neither deserves Politicians like them nor people like those who are still admiring the Traitors and Looters of our unfortunate land.

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  • MK
    Jul 11, 2011 - 9:57PM

    @ Saleem Siddiqi:
    He is most welcome to come back in power, but not how he did first time. Although he is not familiar with the concept but it should be through the ballot box. It was military higherups who ordered the crime scene to be hosed down. Some one has to answer for that. An 18 yr old first yr criminology student can verify that it was a stupid/coverup act by someone.

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  • Mohammed Arif
    Jul 11, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Many of my friends talking that Gen. Musharraf should come and face the court. I don’t think that any judge will be ready to hear his case as all of them have been a party against him. And the history of Suprement court already happened to hang a person who is called a judicial murder. So if his case if possible should be listened by some judges who should be considered impartial. Then I would also suggest that there should also be a commission to enquire either his 9 years were much progressive than the so called democratic elements.

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  • Rifaat Jafari
    Jul 12, 2011 - 9:48AM

    Rs.8 crores. This is pittance! I wouldn’t bat an eyelid at this amount. As a salaried person, earning a fraction of what Musharraf as a General must have earned, I have some savings. Deal with the big rocks guys! Worry about the hundreds of million DOLLARS that others have syphoned out of this country’s hungry mouths. We all know who those guys are !!

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  • sam
    Jul 12, 2011 - 10:11AM

    @Sad Panda:
    no disclosing his assets makes him an honest man and hence credible and on that account alone a better leader for pakistan than any previous ruling party…

    for Gods sake open your eyes up.. do you ahve any idea how many benefits are given to generals.. its part of the package.. same goes with air force..do u see articles against those serving in the navy or air force….

    Asides from that hes spent the last few years giving lectures globally.. why do u think that is.. ill tell u.. its beacause hes competent and what he says makes sense.. he goes to the top unis inthe world to deliver these lectures…while im sure like any other paki leader he too swindled money he never did it to the point that the current government has or any other government for that matter.. the economy boomed under him.. the security threats compared to the present ones were minimal.. and for Gods sake stop blaming the current governments failures on mushy.. how often did u hear him do that.. if the current governemnt was any compitent then theyd be able to take corrective action instead we have an absentee president and a PM who is forever apologising and making excuses for him….

    so yes an a common man for me muhy is as good as it gets for us and wed be down right lucky if he chooses to come back!

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  • Hafiz Muhammad Uzzair
    Jul 12, 2011 - 11:17AM

    How a salaried persons can get this alot of money , he was an employee of army, while he has no other business, so how a person who is just employee can get these million of rupees , he has no billions of rupees , but millions of rupees has also great importance , his assets must be sealed and in the custody of the government , these asstes must be in the custody of the government. because these are the money of pakistani people.

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  • sam
    Jul 12, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @Hafiz Muhammad Uzzair:

    what mumbo jumbo are u on about…. do u ahve any idea the sort of benefit one gets if serving in the army, navy or airforce at a good position????? pls do ur research and then wel get talking…

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 12, 2011 - 4:04PM

    @Hafiz Muhammad Uzzair: Hafizjee! He was not Imam of some mosque in some remote base of the army!

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  • Godfather
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Musharraf made some errors of judgment in his time but his sincerity towards Pakistan is beyond question. That alone is enough to rank him as Pakistan’s best leader after Jinnah.

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  • Khalid
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:48AM

    How I wish some of the very praiseworthy comments were wholy true. The whole truth has many dimensions and personal behaviour or manner may be just a part. Actions of course speak louder than words. I knew the day the Chief Justice had thrown a wrench into the pathetic sale of the Steel Mills that he had cooked his goose for reasons too obvious. My assessment proved correct and confirmed the suspicions. The NRO was another bomb shell on this hapless country. After years of promise of ending corruption we got corruption legalized. Very ingenious way of ending it I suppose, having learnt the ropes of laundry via Citibank.
    The saddest part is the waste of 9 years of this country when so much could have been done to extricate the 180+m downtrodden people from ignorance and poverty. After all man only proposes and God disposes.Recommend

  • Rao Amjad Ali
    Jul 15, 2011 - 6:49PM

    While it would be naïve to suggest that politicians are not corrupt in this country, it is quite befuddling that after wasting millions of dollars and several long years, neither former Senator Saifur Rehman nor General Musharraf could prove a single corruption charge against President Zardari. However, his name has become synonymous with corruption in Pakistan, thanks in part to the ill focused media that is dedicated more to incite and invoke rather than inform the public. Politicians are easy targets and who wants to do all the risky hard work if the same rewards can be had by shooting down “sitting ducks”.

    In a patently non-transparent manner, Pakistan’s military complex has commanded and spent disproportionately large portions of the budget over nearly six and a half decades under the rubric of defence expenditure.

    It is common knowledge that the financial largesse alone apportions an accumulated Rs.35 million to a Lt. General upon retirement, and it is no secret that General Musharraf and his coterie of mediocre advisers and confidantes pocketed huge sums of public money. And yet in the eyes of the public, the moral hazard plagues only the Zardaris and the Sharif’s together with an occasional admiral, a middle order public servant, huddled with scores of low ranking judicial and district management officers.

    Among other areas, a cursory review of the commissions arising from PAF’s procurements of only spares for its fleet of F-16s runs into millions of dollars, allegedly vacuum cleaned by either serving and or retired members of the armed forces. Exactly how and who has benefitted from only a fragment of the defence related “value chains” are questions that our investigative journalists should be spending a lot more time on.

    As for his lectures, most of General’s speaking engagements were commissioned by highly mediocre universities in the west, more so in the aftermath of the publication of his rather uncelebrated In the Line of Fire.

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  • shahzad
    Jul 17, 2011 - 1:49PM

    Musharraf was the army chief, president and chief executive of Pakistan for a period of around 8 years. Once you retire from government service in Pakistan (judges, bureaucrats, army personal, etc.) you get a 2-3 plots which are easily worth 15-20 million. Saying that Musharraf was dishonest is absolute insanity. If Imran Khan can live in a mansion worth 100 million (who was only the captain of the cricket team) then why can’t Musharraf own a house which is 10 million.

    As for his properties abroad, he owns only a small flat in England. The 50 million dollar property is owned by Zardari, while Nawaz Sharifs son has 4 billion against his name.

    Regards,
    Shahzad

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  • Khalid
    Jul 17, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Musharraf’s tenure can best be described as a lost opportunity. He had brought so much promise and his seven point program was so full of hope. What did we get instead? An imported Prime Minister who was most adept at money laundering. When the steel mill deal floundered courtesy of the Chief Justice, he was fired. The very people condemned for corruption were brought back by the magic of the NRO. Is corruption only defined as actual stealing? When you can garner obscene privilege legally in a desperately poor country like Pakistan, does it become justified? We should peep into our conscience and see what justice such extravagance does to the people of Pakistan. Can we honestly be comfortable with such ‘leaders’?

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  • Amjad
    Jul 22, 2011 - 10:07AM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: Go and pay to hear Musharraf speak when all most Pakistanis want to do is hold him accountable for all the instability and terrorism he brought under 9 years of dictatorship. You don’t seem to understand why people in the world are interested in hearing anyone speak of the crisis in that part of the world. It has to do with the fact that it is in the headlines. As for Musharraf’s speaking skills, the guy shows little skill whatsoever and I’m not talking about his bad English.

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  • khan
    Jul 24, 2011 - 3:10PM

    @Sad Panda:
    thank you for telling the truth.

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