1999 Coup: Musharraf’s party marks ‘Youm-e-Nijat’

Published: October 13, 2011
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Pervez Musharraf also criticised the former two-time prime minister. “Nawaz Sharif did not have any accomplishment other than the motorway,” PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Pervez Musharraf also criticised the former two-time prime minister. “Nawaz Sharif did not have any accomplishment other than the motorway,” PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: 

Had Nawaz Sharif-led government been allowed to rule for another six months back in 1999, the country would have gone bankrupt, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) said on Wednesday as the party marked the day as ‘Youm-e-Nijat’.

When then army chief Pervez Musharraf, who is now president of the APML, toppled the PML-N government on October 12, 1999, he had led the country towards prosperity and stability, said his party’s spokesperson, while presiding over a party meeting at the Punjab Secretariat.

The APML spokesperson emphasised that Sharif’s so-called democratic government in 1999 was possibly the worst example of “civil-dictatorship” that stigmatised democratic values in the country.

Separately, Pervez Musharraf also criticised the former two-time prime minister. “Nawaz Sharif did not have any accomplishment other than the motorway,” Musharraf said in an interview with Kamran Shahid in Express News programme “Front Line.”

Speaking about the state of economy at that time, Musharraf said that the country was at the verge of being declared bankrupt as there were only $400m in the national exchequer.

“Should I be punished for moving the country on the path to progress and raising Pakistan’s status in the comity of nations,” he asked. “Nawaz Sharif should be punished instead because he violated the constitution,” he added. “In the constitution, the tenure of the army chief is three years but he tried to remove me before that,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Realist.
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:56AM

    Is this a BLOODY JOKE ?
    How proud these guys are over an unconstitutional move By an Army chief ?
    Who didn’t even pay heed to the OATH he took while joining Army!
    What a SHAME!!
    Constitution Allows a Prime Minister to Fire an Army chief from his Job without telling any reason + Musharraf is talking about the constitution THE IRONY!!

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  • gp65
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:55AM

    Things deteriorated due to the atomic b;asts in 1998 which the whole country is proud of. That led to economic sanctions on Pakistan (India too) and was directly responsible for the foreign exchange situation.

    The bad situation continue even under Musharraf until 9/11 happened and all the sanctions were lifted because Musharraf became part of War on Terror.

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  • Tariq
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:30AM

    Guess that is why this guy has hired a lobbyist in USA for $25000 per month to justify his existence as a human being.

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  • Aftab
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:44AM

    Didnt produce singe megavolt of electricity in his 9 years. Weaponised Karachi and deliberately supported MQM to get his own support, made them King in Karachi. Broke our Constitution. Which country does a “President” sack the Chief Justice? Broke all constitutional requirements and put children of CJ in house arrest. Didn’t allow any political freedom; Killed Baloch leader Akbar Bugti. Just stop talking now. You’ve done enough. Recommend

  • blithe
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:50AM

    Allow a dictator to occupy such a large space and headline.
    eTribune is truly liberal!?!?!

    It was October 1999 when the army yet again entered into politics by breaking in from the back door and trampling over the Constitution of Pakistan. Musharraf violated the spirit of the Constitution by keeping his uniform, by not retiring at the age a government/ army employee must. Call a spade a spade. Tell it how it is. Musharraf was a power-hungry tyrant!

    Musharraf used the “the perfect storm” concept for him to stay in power. For example, he used Lal Masjid as a trump card (after feeding it candy for over six months) to distract the then civil movement for democracy. He told the West: “it is either me in my khaki uniform or the radical mullah”.
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  • Infidel Humanist
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:48AM

    Does the chief executive of Pakistan not have the right to replace any government employee at will? And Musharraf would do well to remember that he was a government employee.

    The problem with Pakistani Army officers is that they consider themselves above the law and don’t think they are accountable to the Executive or the awaam.

    The biggest blunder that Mian-sahab committed was that he challenged the Army and extended a hand of friendship towards India. In Pakistan, those are cardinal sins.

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  • Pakistani First
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:12AM

    We need another Youm-e-Nijat.

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  • Salahuddin
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:39AM

    This reminds me of famous Urdu saying “ulta chorr kotwal ko daantey”. July 5 and Oct 12 are couple of the blackest days of our history. It will take decades to get rid of the ills of the eras that started on these dates.

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 7:40AM

    Full name is Youm-e-Nijat of Pakistanis from Pakistan using US drones.

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  • Zaka
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:28AM

    Mushrraf proved to be the most democratic leader, who freed media, empowered women, introduced democratic at grass root level. While the so called political leaders are the worst dictators, who are empowering themselves and their families. It seems that we are good with corrupt mafia instead of who restored economic sovereignty.Recommend

  • M.Usma Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:30AM

    We need to educate our nation before going for the Democracy. General Pervez Musharraf tenure was the best among rest.
    We need him again.

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  • Bilal
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:43AM

    Musharraf is far better than all available “Democrats” I can bet.

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  • Amjad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:43AM

    How dare this dictator be allowed to rewrite history. We all know that Pakistan went through a tough patch after it was forced to show nuclear deterrence in the face of Indian intimidation. The world slapped sanctions on Pakistan but still there was growth. After Musharraf took over illegaly in a coup and put back the democratic process in Pakistan, he was shunned all over the world. I remember reading about doors being shut to Musharraf after his coup. The events of 9/11 changed the world’s view- and they needed Pakistan. Imagine how much more Pakistan would have got if we had a democratic government in place instead of looking like a Tin Pot dictatorship. I am very disappointed to hear a dictator try to rewrite his own history so blatently and incorrectly.

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  • zalim singh
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:36AM

    most of the economic figures of musharraf period are hyped up. Reality will wake up pakistan some day.

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  • grinz09
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:46AM

    @zalim singh:
    Theses figures have had confirmation from World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IMF etc

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  • Sayed
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Musharraf’s crime is that he gave us prosperty, respect, and worked to keep Pak interests on top. He is far more democratic than the corrupt and incompetent big political figures who are completely devoid of vision. Recommend

  • Q
    Oct 13, 2011 - 12:13PM

    So True. Musharraf rocks.. :)

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  • Xeeshan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Musharraf Still Rocks…

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  • Shakeel
    Oct 13, 2011 - 1:33PM

    Musharraf the only best thing that happened to Pakistan after Jinnah and Bhutto. Which constitution are you guys talking about ? We want Pakistan not the constitution. At that time and even now Pakistan is important. To hell with the constitution that gives all the liberties to these corrupt leaders.

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  • patriotic
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:26PM

    zalim singh. not musharraf figures.. not pakistans but independent institutions such as world bank. ground reality of pakistan then was that the poor was less poor. ppl werent committing suicides due to high costs of living. ppl were better off. foreign direct investment was pouring in… jobs were created… barclays, telenor, zong media.. name a few. when the earthquake happened. the entire world wanted to go out of its way to help pakistan.Recommend

  • anybodyagree
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:56PM

    @Pakistani First:
    We need another Youm-e-Nijat.
    COME & CONQUER YOUR OWN COUNTRY….!!!!

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  • Fasih Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Mash’ Allah, All the Sane & Educated Pakistanis are in favor of Musharraf.

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  • Fasih Khan
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:18PM

    I Feel Ditto … Shakeel Sb …

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  • grinz09
    Oct 13, 2011 - 4:11PM

    @Realist.:
    A move declared legal by a Supreme Court bench, one of the members being the present CJ. The national assembly then further ratified the take over.

    Indeed constitution allows sacking of COAS by PM but due process has to be followed. And due process does not mean shutting down of an airport in a major city.

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  • fus
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:05AM

    For those who are against Musharraf, you ppl deserve ppl like NS and AZ as PM. Khuda ki Maar hae.

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  • Tuan Pham Ngoc
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:01AM

    12th October 1999 was a very blessed day for Pakistan. Musharraf came to the rescue as if like a savior and Pakistan was given a second chance. For a few years thereafter, Pakistan was blessed with economic development. Now the cvilian dictators are again in power doing what they do best: ruining the country and corruption. Pakistani people again look to Musharraf to save the country Recommend

  • adnan
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:27AM

    whole media and peole distributed sweets to celebrate the kick out ofnawaz sharif…. attack on court, governor rule in karachi, crack down on prnt media, asking musharrafto court marshal najam sethi, wanting to be ameer ul momineen …. he is a business man and uses politics for transactional purpose….Recommend

  • Oct 14, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Honesty + Vision + Courage + Patriotism = Pervez Musharraf

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  • Butt
    Oct 14, 2011 - 4:57PM

    One of the best charaacters of Musharraf I like in him is that he speaks truth what come may.

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  • Amjad
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @Long live Musharraf: You really have no idea of how much damage a dictator does to a country? Go and look at Libya, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia or Yemen.Recommend

  • Raja Islam
    Oct 14, 2011 - 9:23PM

    I remember the time when we had less than $400 MM in foreign exchange reserves and things were not so bad. It is not only about FX reserves.

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  • ijaz
    Nov 23, 2011 - 5:14PM

    Shame on musharraf, he has served for american only

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