Musharraf returns to politics

Published: October 1, 2010
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Former President Pervez Musharraf launched his political party on October 1, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

Former President Pervez Musharraf launched his political party on October 1, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

Former President Pervez Musharraf launched his political party on October 1, 2010. PHOTO: AFP Former President Pervez Musharraf launched his political party on October 1, 2010. PHOTO: AFP Former President Pervez Musharraf is officially launching his party. The official logo of the All Pakistan Muslim League. Musharraf says the armed forces should play a larger political role. PHOTO: AFP

Former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has launched the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) that plans to enter the political arena for the next general elections. He also issued an apology to the nation for “past mistakes which hurt Pakistan”.

Musharraf told cheering supporters that the best way to deal with Pakistan’s political and economic troubles is to bring his party to power.

He said there is need to “bring all patriotic people under one flag – and that flag should be the All Pakistan Muslim League.”

Musharraf said the only way to tackle Pakistan’s problems was to bolster the army’s role.

End of live updates – 8:15pm

Twitter comments

tabankhamosh Are there like “professional naaray baaz” ppl you can rent these days? Well done Pervez Musharraf‘s DJ’s et al!

desmukh What’s up with musharraf‘s hair? Those grey tufts contrasting with the remaining dyed black hair looks very creepy

kunalraheja Musharraf is back. Jagmohan Dalmiya is back. Lalit Modi will be back. Kalmadi will never go.

8:11pm

PPP leader Jahangir Badar, commenting on the launch of the APML, says Musharraf gave his speech as if he was still the president of Pakistan. He says that he welcomes Musharraf to return to Pakistan as the people want to hold him accountable. Badar also says that the current crises are a result of Musharraf’s regime.

Twitter comments

asmiather “Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” Hope Musharraf has learnt SOMETHING from his mistakes :-/

Faria_Khan_ No chance politically, but Musharraf on the TV circuit will be GOLD! Watch the political parties squirm! :) #Pakistan

ivfwaladoctor RT @gkhamba: Happy to see Musharraf back. Haven’t been this excited about a re-boot since the Batman franchise.

7:57pm

The crowd chants slogans, “Musharraf teray jaan nisaar, beshumaar beshumaar!”

Musharraf says he is thankful towards everyone and says “sub se pehle Pakistan.”

The crowd breaks into appreciation.

Twitter comments

DrAwab Musharraf returns to – problem is pakistanis have short memory giving tried & tested people a second (third) chance hes nothing better #fail

shahidsaeed Musharraf now speaking in his de-facto language in which he is more comfortable. Post-colonialist-mental-subjugation

7:53pm

Musharraf says he invites all politicians to come and join the APML, especially the youth of the country.

Musharraf says Allah has blessed Pakistan with resources. We have water and energy sources as well as human capital. We are talented people. Why can’t we stand on our own feet.

Musharraf says we will not rely on the IMF.

MobisherLive Lol APML just sent an add request to me on #FB is tht part of#Musharraf‘s plan too :P

HamidSheikh unlike the stupid manifestos of PPP and PML-N, at least Musharraf‘s manifesto is global and makes sense..it wud have qualified ppl not jerks!

Ali_Abbas_Zaidi I cannot stop laughing, this is amazing :D. Aitezaz Ahsan put it right: ” Pehlay Musharraf pey ghussa ata hai, ab hansi ati hai” :D

nihang Musharraf warning against a coup on Pakistan. What’s next, Rakhi Sawant lecturing against plastic surgery?

7:50pm

Musharraf says the people are crushed under rising prices. He says that daily necessities should be given to the poor at lower rates.

He says that the health and education system needs to reach the people.

He says he believes in the freedom of media and says that he can claim that he freed the media.

He says we are not scared of the media. Only those are scared who have something to hide.

7:47pm

He says that there can be no success if we do not fight terrorism. There should be zero tolerance towards it.

Musharraf says that there the al Qaeda have no right to be in Pakistan.

Musharraf says that we can generate energy from alternate sources.

He says that people have lied in terms of energy. “Do they think we are idiot?” I want to tell the liars that right now Pakistan has the capacity to generate 19,500 MW of electricity.

Musharraf says agriculture is important. We can do import substitution and export orientation.

7:42pm

The former president says we will raise the GDP like we did before.

He says we will crush anyone who raises his voice against Pakistan.

Musharraf says “we will wage war on terrorism until the war goes on.”

Twitter comments

Noetic_Karma lol musharraf trying to be a obama of #pakistan but atleast he admitted that pak is a anti-hindu state

fariZafar Musharraf‘s party’s logo actually looks like the logo of Deccan Chargers cricket club from the #IPL

morazak Is that @MeeraJee I see in the front row of the Karachi launch function of Musharraf‘s APM?

shahidsaeed Musharraf talking about Constitution and Religion – #fail

7:38pm

Musharraf says nepotism and corruption are the biggest curse.

Musharraf says that men and women should be equal.

He says that the party will particularly focus on educating women

Food, clean water and electricity are the most important necessity

We will make langars for the poorest of Pakistan and involve the Baitul Maal and enforce philanthropic activity.

7:35pm

Musharraf says that they will end the culture of dynastic politics.

He says that on the question of more provinces, the people’s decision will be accepted.

He says at the international level, the party will adopt “enlightened moderation” approach.

He says that they want good relationship with India, only after issues are resolved.

The former president says that all focus will be diverted to the country’s progress.

Musharraf says the party’s constitution will be based on the Quran and Sunnah.

7:31pm

Musharraf says “jo darta hai woh khota hai.”

Twitter comments

LavleenRaheja I absolutely admire how musharraf launched his new party , he speaks very well . Watch him on tv

Ali_Abbas_Zaidi Mystifying is the turn of time ; they chanted “Go Musharraf Go” not long ago & 2day FB/drawing room supporters chant “Come Mush Come”

SCbra Listening to Musharraf speech… it think he is the best thing that can happen to Pakistan… how will he be to India, not sure

AnasMR I think Musharraf is trying to announce the independence of a New-Pakistan, splitting a section of UK where a Pakistani majority lives.

sukaina_ali Whoa. A lot of anti-Musharraf tweets in my timeline. Whatever.

7:29pm

He says that the time for talk has passed, now it is time to take action.

Musharraf says that the text “sub se pehle Pakistan” is written in white because it represents the minorities, and their symbol, the ‘shaheen’ because is soars high and lives on elevated places.

7:27pm

Musharraf says that it is time to revive the fire that once existed in the All India Muslim League. He says “we will remake Quaid’s Pakistan under the banner of the All Pakistan Muslim League.”

He says “APML will do jihad against hunger and poverty.”

7:23pm

Musharraf says “In our nine years we place the fear of God in the hearts of the rich and powerful. We gave Pakistanis honour around the world and we improved the economic conditions.”

He says it is time for us to move Pakistan forward.

7:21pm

Musharraf says Pakistan was made when the Muslims of the subcontinent realised that they would not prosper under Hindu domination. We attained Pakistan, and when we look at the people, they did not get the happiness that they aimed for.

The former president says that those countries where the people are not happy get destroyed. Why do people get unhappy? Because they do not get the rights they fought for.

7:17pm

Musharraf says that this is Pakistan is identity which is why he says Pakistan first.

He says that Pakistan is in a bad state and we are responsible for this downfall. It is obligatory for us to not only save Pakistan but also take it towards success.

Twitter comments

KhanumBilquis Too bad Facebook isn’t real. If it were, Pervez Musharraf would have his own little protectorate to run, fueled by cult of personality.

HumaImtiaz For someone who’s starting a new political party, Musharraf looks pretty angry. #hangover?

7:14pm

Musharraf says “I did take some wrong decisions in my past. Some of them were political decisions and I am only human, and I apologize for all those mistakes which have hurt Pakistan.”

He says “I have learnt a lot from those mistakes and I am sure I will not make them again. I will start with a clean slate.”

Twitter comments

AnasMR Musharraf — Altaf Hussain 2.0 — will be addressing crowds in Lahore & Karachi over the phone.

venkatananth If anything, Musharraf must take a cue from his most infamous alumni member, Mr. LK Advani and start a Rath Yatra from London to Karachi.

swapscosmos Musharraf warns of coup. Pakistan’s defence minister retaliates-“he’s living in fools paradise”, now am wondering is he hinting at Pakistan?

7:09pm

Pervez Musharraf starts his speech.

Mushrraf announces his participation in politics of Pakistan.

The crowd starts chanting slogans in appreciation.

7:06pm

Naeem Bukhari, host of the ceremony talks about the achievements of Pervez Musharraf.

Bukhrai says “since leaving office General Musharraf is the only politician who has risen in stature.”

He says “ Musharraf above all, moved Pakistanis out of despondency. Brought economic uplift to the country. Why has Musharraf chosen to enter the murky world of Pakistani politics? Because of his love for Pakistan, its people and to address the drift of the current Pakistan government.”

7:00pm

Recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

The cermemony starts with the national anthem of Pakistan.

The proceeding for former President Pervez Musharraf’s party have started

People chant slogans for the Pervez Musharraf.

Bad mein ho ga har insaan,

Sab se pehlay Pakistan!

Chaaron soobon ki pehchaan,

Sab se pehlay Pakistan!

These are the slogans emblazoned atop Pervez Musharraf’s official Facebook  page.

The former Pakistan president/ex-Chief of Army Staff has been active on Twitter today, inviting fans to attend the official launch of his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League:

PMPakistan Pervez Musharraf tweeted

Friends, kindly visit the official ” All Pakistan Muslim League” Fb page if you would like to attend any of the… http://fb.me/Kjusqn6b

and

Today, God has given me the opportunity to set the tone of my political legacy for our future generations. Come…http://fb.me/EBftBwdo

Reports stated that Musharraf’s associates have arrived in London where the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) will be officially launched.

“When there is a dysfunctional government and the nation is going down, its economy is going down, there is a clamour, there is a pressure on the military by the people,” Mr Musharraf told the BBC’s Today programme.

“There is a sense of despondency spreading in Pakistan and the place that they go to is the military. There is nobody else people can go to,” he said.

According to BBC, Musharraf said he was launching the party in London because he faced the  risk of assassination if he returned to Pakistan.

‘Bad’ politician or charmer?

While some have highlighted the ‘corrupting influence of the political system under Pervez Musharraf’ and referred to him as a ‘bad’ politician, Miss Pakistan World 2007 Mahleej Sarkari has confessed her unconditional love for the former President, calling him a charmer.

“I love Musharraf, I love Musharraf, I love Musharraf, and it would be an honour and privilege for me to meet him in person and talk to him,” she said.

“I like the President because he has a charming personality and a charisma that attracts me towards him,” Mahleej said.

While his official announcement of the APML will be made in London at about 3 pm (London time), events are taking place in major cities in Pakistan.
Islamabad: House No 1,  Street 37, Sector F-61
Lahore: 86 E-1 Hali Road, Gulberg Lahore
Karachi: YMCA Ground Sadar Karachi

What’s on his agenda

The former president has called for the army to be given a constitutional role in the turbulent politics of the nuclear-armed nation. He said the military were the only resort for Pakistani people frustrated with their government as it struggles with rampant militancy and a crumbling economy.

“We cannot allow Pakistan to disintegrate, that cannot be allowed. No Pakistani will allow that, no Pakistani wants that. So who’s the saviour?,” he said. “The army can do it. Can anyone else do it? No, nobody else can do it. So therefore the answer is the army gets involved.”

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Reader Comments (63)

  • sarah
    Oct 1, 2010 - 7:07PM

    yayyyy!Recommend

  • sarah
    Oct 1, 2010 - 7:07PM

    awesomeRecommend

  • sohail
    Oct 1, 2010 - 7:29PM

    Words of a great and sincere leader… a true patriot.. a true Pakistani!!Recommend

  • Maz
    Oct 1, 2010 - 7:35PM

    please can someone inform where can i watch his speech liveRecommend

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 7:47PM

    Like every Pakistani politician he is listing out what we want, with little detail on how it will be achieved. Recommend

  • Bangash
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:02PM

    Musharraf the best!Recommend

  • Samreen A.Khan
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:05PM

    glad to see him back! =)Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:08PM

    The hell will not fall if he comes so “Kb ao gay tum ao gay” & Chlay bhi ao k gulshan ka karobar chalay. Let us try you once again but see who are not and will not be thankful to you whom you gave third life during your rule. Be aware of opportunists. People still do like you but what to do, we have in fact become a nation of “Bhair Chaal”. I hope your peers will give you all required protection.Recommend

  • STM
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:08PM

    what are we afraid of ??
    let him come to pak.Recommend

  • Maz
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:10PM

    geo musharaff!! We trust you with our countryRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:18PM

    Welcome back in politics General Sahib. Let’s see how people of Pakistan will respond to your call?Recommend

  • Aasia Sohail Mian
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:23PM

    What a joke with Pakistani nation.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:33PM

    glad to see that the man is humble to admit his mistakes…how many times have imran khan or the PPP idiots or the JI goons admitted their mistakes. they lie and cover them up. go musharraf. i have no doubt that while power is never guaranteed, the man will shake up the political system for several years. Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 8:42PM

    welcome back.

    Sucks how you’re going to be lobbed in jail when you get here. Hope he cut a real good deal with the Americans.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:44PM

    Only in Pakistan. lolRecommend

  • Kamil Bangash
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:58PM

    I don’t know what Musharraf intends to achieve by launching yet another political party (the last one having abandoned him). The only thing that comes to mind is that he misses the limelight that he had when he was running Pakistan as his personal fiefdom. Going by the alacrity with which his loyalists abandoned him as soon as he was forced from power, he should be allowed to return to spend himself into oblivion with the money that he made from this hapless country.

    This guy will never learn. If all he can show for his ten years in unrestrained power is how he sold our souls to the lowest bidder, what will he do differently this time round? When he was in power, he showed absolute contempt for the different ethnic groups that constitute our country and treated them like so much dirt. May be he can still serve some good purpose by managing to break the MQM, which seems to be his power base. By the way, are Dot and Buddy getting any posts in his new party? May be some reporter should ask him this question since he seems to like poodles. Recommend

  • Asad Jamil(mps)
    Oct 1, 2010 - 9:01PM

    still remember the voices of mortars and guns and tanks that were used during LAL masjid operation, nation would never forget u for that sin..and the selling of our men and women in dollars which u accepted in ur book.. stay in London we dont need uRecommend

  • Another opinion
    Oct 1, 2010 - 9:04PM

    Oh he apologized, guess he’s absolved then.Recommend

  • Muhammad Kamran Khan
    Oct 1, 2010 - 9:05PM

    DESPITE ALL OF MISTAKES.WE ARE WITH YOU SIR.ALL PAKISTANI NATION IS WITH YOU.THESE CORRUPTED POLITICIANS CAN’T DO ANYTHING AGAINST YOU.BECAUSE ALL NATION IS READY TO WELCOME YOU FROM THEIR HEART AND SOUL.PLEASE SIR, COME BACK SOON. “ALL PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE, THE YOUTH VOICE”
    MUSHARRAF ROCKSRecommend

  • MI
    Oct 1, 2010 - 9:28PM

    It is only brave Musharraf who has the courage to admit his mistakes. Welcome Musharraf. I will certainly support you and pray for your success from core of my heart.Recommend

  • abc
    Oct 1, 2010 - 9:32PM

    Anyway, I support Musharraf, hope he returns as Head of State again.Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 9:56PM

    It was indeed a very impressed launching. Wish you all the best. Hope you will take this country to the ladder of progress once again Sir.Recommend

  • A Suhail
    Oct 1, 2010 - 10:20PM

    I forgive Mush after listening to his speech. I hope the families of all the shaheeds of Kargil, Akbar Bugti’s family, all the dead Baloch’s, all the missing Pak’s, all the Pak’s handed over to US who are innocent, all the media peeps who got bashed by his hooligans, families of 32 dead peeps in Karachi and everyone who is without electricity forgives him too. Musharaf First…,.. Pakistan far Second. Recommend

  • acenith
    Oct 1, 2010 - 10:26PM

    cant we find honest , sincere ,educated people in a 160 million population??? do we have to live with these tried a hundred times politicians and generals taking turns as presidents and prime ministers !! where is the country going ?? people think !!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 1, 2010 - 11:41PM

    Yay.. Musharraf ROCKSRecommend

  • Asad Baig
    Oct 1, 2010 - 11:45PM

    Sir we are with you.May Allah Bless you and guide you in every way.Ameen.Recommend

  • Danish
    Oct 2, 2010 - 12:16AM

    You have done it again, Shutting the big fat liar mouths everywhere …..

    Sab se Pehle PakistanRecommend

  • Syed
    Oct 2, 2010 - 12:19AM

    We all salute you… Sab se Pehle Pakistan Recommend

  • hassan
    Oct 2, 2010 - 12:20AM

    inshallah!!! MusharrafRecommend

  • saher
    Oct 2, 2010 - 12:24AM

    hahahaha… well if he comes one this is for sure.. this time army will have legalized role in governance and then consequently the civilianz will be safeguarding the borders.. or well doing their dirty work while they make palaces in place of little farm houses:P… already they get 75% share of budget .. is the whole country gonna convert into army?? or is the army concept gonna disappear?? Recommend

  • mussarat Hussain
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:05AM

    Thank God yet another former general is there to “Share Bed” with Pakistan Muslim Leauge.

    It is for the first time in the country’s history otherwise “PML” has always entertained “sitting”

    Generals and “estranged” politicians. Surprisingly, it has gone “out of way” this time. It is

    now playing on “wrong path”, thanks to “New Technology”.

    Former Dictator should establish his party’s headquarters in “Hyde Park”, the most suitable

    location for his party that in Good Old Days Loved Pakistan as “Pakistan First”.

    “Musharraf has laid very good foundation in politics, first spoil the nation and later say sorry”.

    I am confident Pakistani nation will not be too “shameless” to support Mush.

    Mussarat Hussain,
    journalst,
    Washington DCRecommend

  • asma@london
    Oct 2, 2010 - 2:32AM

    It was during the time of the “enlightened” Musharraf that women were badly beaten by the police. The world has seen it live. When he took over he was an educated, “enlightened”, powerful, westernised, visionary and commander-in-chief. He was also not a young man but a more than fully grown mature man. In spite of all those qualities he wrecked my country and paved the path for our enemies to create chaos and instability. So what can he offer now? More chaos? One Zardari is enough! I’m sorry but I do not trust any of them. What does sorry mean-kill and then say sorry. Think before you leap, do they not remember? Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Oct 2, 2010 - 6:42AM

    Great Inspiration ,He always give hope , and look so sincere , patriotism
    love u sir
    thank u once again your united whole nation for one country
    I and my family Welcome you to Politics and to Pakistan
    Malik Tabeer,
    Boston,USARecommend

  • Muhammad Ziad
    Oct 2, 2010 - 6:43AM

    Continued …

    People who would elect him , or vote for him will further prove that Constitution of this country is a mockery. Where parties can be ‘forced’ and where ‘deals’ can be struck to amend any changes in the laws of this country in the favor of the leader.

    An apologetic leader who put his failures onto others and then justify his mistakes by claiming to have been misled by the ‘devil’ (political agents) . Even if this was true , Lalmasjid incident was very much contrary to what you are feeding the masses Mr Musharraf, you were very much in command, you are no kid to have been ‘misled’ and even if we were to believe you , are you suggesting people should elect a leader whose years in service have made him used to be following orders . A man from Washington Calls you and threaten you to bombard your country to stone age and you give in ? Are you suggesting we elect such a leader ? A man once wrote well in a newspaper column during his colin powell threat saga titled ‘Are we not already living in the Stone Age , Mr President ?’ . Where the people struggling for basic needs without proper electricity,gas,water , is this really not the stone age ?

    Indeed , your persona of a brave man often claiming to be saying ‘Mujhe Dur nahi lagta’ makes me wonder whether it also includes the Hereafter. Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Oct 2, 2010 - 8:14AM

    If a man cannot catch glory when his knees are supple,he had better not try when they are stiff…Charles Napier the colonial conqueror of Sindh.There is nothing in Pakistan that awaits for him but a sad end. Recommend

  • ashraf hussain
    Oct 2, 2010 - 8:53AM

    well done Musharraf,Pakistan need some one like you,we allready 20 years behind.it is only brave musharraf who has the courage to admit his mistake,well com to pakistan.Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2010 - 11:29AM

    so now he is party in Pakistan poultices and after this in my opinion he loses all the indemnity given by pakistan government and international player was given guaranty for it that no court can touch the Musharraf . From day first i believe it was trap of top 5 of country and mushraf caught in this trap because of his ill adviser ( Adviser think about ” Apni Apni Dal Roati ” ) . I read about audiences of mushraf in Karachi Mrs Slama Murad , Shafugta Ajaz , Mirra . laila , Aatiqa odo etc . Yes he did lot lot lot for karachi and he deserve more then these audience it is eve opener for him Even i can not say ” God bless him ” because i have serious disagreement over his some policies specially policies of last year of his tenure Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:45PM

    Yahooooooo He Is Back :)Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:46PM

    Yahoooo He Is Back :) Recommend

  • Wahaj Ahmed
    Oct 2, 2010 - 2:40PM

    A lions ROAR is louder then a dogs bark… Musharraf is a LION! a real hero and a great and inspirational leader…. All you anti Mushiets… stop blaming his past policies.. What have the current politicians offered you…. why cant we give another chance to a ex military chief who is not a feudal nor an industrialist nor does he top the most richest individuals of Pakistan and who is accepting his faults…. can anyone among you recall any such incident in the history of Pakistan Politics when such influential and famous individual has apologized openly… People think its self embarrassing or an insult if they have to apologize.

    Please do a self comparative study comparing the 3 tops political parties who have ruled Pakistan in the last 2 decades in ECONOMICAL SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS matters… Maybe Musharrafs rule was not the best.. but still better than the PPP and PML N.

    its a wakeup call! wakeup before its too late!Recommend

  • Shariff
    Oct 2, 2010 - 4:56PM

    This is a good news but presented in worst possible form, is this tribune or blog of an amatuer, get rid of the tweets in the middle PLEASE.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 2, 2010 - 6:00PM

    Very positive development in political arena of Pakistan. Present regime has failed miserably to deliver and solve masses problem which has made people think about alternative leadership. Though I think, Musharraf will not be able to get sizable seats to become president or PM but he definitely will make current parties to improve their performance (which at the moment looks indifferent to ppl problems) by pushing political environment a little more competitive. Recommend

  • Dur muhammed
    Oct 2, 2010 - 6:16PM

    Mushraf Rocks & Political Actor
    Very good acting , histry & people of pakistan can not forget leaders .
    He was a dectator & destroy democratic Govt of Pakistan, His past role against to
    democracy . he make mistake & negative role for nation unforgetable .
    Once democracy , rule of law welcome . National Accountabilty will be from 1947.
    Nation know all actors , they just change the names time to time and acting.
    welcome for show

    Dur MuhammedRecommend

  • Abdullah
    Oct 2, 2010 - 10:49PM

    A 2-yr old blog post becomes relevant today – SICK OF MUSHARRAF LOVERS / if you support #Musharraf READ, READ NOW http://bit.ly/dqFlU6Recommend

  • SYED AGHA ALI MOOSAVI
    Oct 3, 2010 - 1:18AM

    it was a very pleasant surprise in Karachi,,great how of APML Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 3, 2010 - 2:06AM

    I can only say I hope and pray what you are saying is true Mr. Musharraf cause we cant afford any more crap.

    I strongly agree that the early years of your reign had been fantastic esp liberating the media evan if they dont say it they owe it to you, great, till you were a brave soldier but your last two years were devastating esp NRO, Credit debt sys, Judiciary chaos, missing ppl, lal masjid and your US war on terror policies as well as your ploicies regarding baluchistan and kashmir were pretty vague, still, I am compelled to say I am 26 yrs old and I have not seen a better leader in Pakistan. I just pray to Allah you have learned from your mistakes and you shall not sell Pakistan to the US and you are not a planned white house plan poppet to be placed on Pakistan in place of the current govt. Allah knows best.

    I have always commented the same and I shall end by saying the same Return as the brave Kargil Hero that you were not as a corrupt and scared politician!

    Pakistan First!!!Recommend

  • Karim
    Oct 3, 2010 - 6:09AM

    No! Musharraf No!,
    You got enough chance (9 years of absolute uninterrupted power). You couldn’t deliver then.. Now as a ‘chala hua kartoos’ what the heck can you deliver. Relax and enjoy your time in London. Recommend

  • azad
    Oct 3, 2010 - 8:40AM

    pehley koon sa teer mar liya tha jo abb dusri bari ki zarorat ho gai?

    Why urdu speaking politicians prefer London to manage political parties in Pkaiostan?Recommend

  • Saleem
    Oct 3, 2010 - 11:25AM

    Geo Musharraf. PMLN is suffering, no one can save its corrupt leadership from humliliation. Recommend

  • aleEna
    Oct 3, 2010 - 1:51PM

    the youth doesn’t even KNOW what’s goin on .. and is supporting musharraf !
    if youth is with musharraf then the YOUTH SUCKS !!
    what does he youth know of history and politics ?? just tell me any GOOD deeds that he did !
    and then musharraf himself said in his speech .. “mujhe jhoot bolnay mein SHARAM NAHE ati ”

    he killed so many people and is now askin for for-giveness ??
    what if those who got killed caz of musharraf would’ve one of your siblings or parents ??
    just THINK and don’t say what yu are asked to say .. like a parrot !
    yu are a human ! so THINK .. this ain’t a message for the youth ONLY .. this is a message for every other not only literate but an EDUCATED person too !Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 3, 2010 - 5:58PM

    @ Bibi Aleena… The youth is with Musharraf coz we have never seen better job oppotunities florishing economy better pay scales and upward trend of organizations after Mush’s era its always downsizing never upsizing, I have worked with the Telecom Giant Mobilink saw it flourish in his era n now even its hiring on contract non perm n down sizing, I am currently in the HR dept in aviation perhaps still a prosperous industry is being eaten away like steel mill like shipping industry like Thar coal you name it…

    I have been associated with multiple HR dept of various blue chip being associated with HRS global and never have I seen such hopelesness low pay scales economical damage, and I clearly hold Mush responsible too for a large part of it during Shaukat Aziz’s reign but what ever that it was the business the economy the growth was alot better than the five govt of the musical chair parties of PPP and Nawaz league combined

    Not only I am saying this but my friends who run their business i Lahore and Islamabad and are practically neighbours to the CM arecrying out loud Business was at its peak at Mush’s time wishing he was back he was better, yes the war on terror was his mistake but then either we were with then or against them any body else would have done worse as compared to nine drone attacks in his nine years and twenty three a month during this govt, you talk of terror there was one lal masjid how many reigious acts have been attacked aft him ???? any num? those who lost their loved ones in Air Blue any idea those who die in FATA in Karachi and Lahore? we have all lost loved ones heroes like Sifwat Ghayur Shaheed, it wasnt oz of Musharraf, the flood wasnt cause of Musharraf while we cashed on it with foreign aid I dont see the 2005 earth quake sentiment any where…who ever are truly helping is the PakForces along with NGO’s and foreign help

    I dont say he is the best but he was better and in Pakistan unfortunately till the sys changes for good we have a option only b/w worse and worst not good and bad.

    He may be bad but not worse than what we are facing after some people voted for this govt those voters who are washed by floods and clearly the govt ministers enjoy luxuries at our hard earned tax payed money… atleast he was better in every way.Recommend

  • khalid ashraf
    Oct 3, 2010 - 6:47PM

    WELCOME MR.MUSHARAF
    You are great hope for lower/middle class pakistanis.Hope will be away from corrput
    politician these time.You have to do something very special for islam before entering
    pakistan.Something on international level,good luck mr. president.Recommend

  • Oct 3, 2010 - 7:16PM

    Splendid launching yesterday. All the best to Sir Musharraf. He is indeed a ray of hope in the times of despair.Recommend

  • A Latif
    Oct 3, 2010 - 7:24PM

    @The Only Normal Person Here
    I doubt that !!Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 4, 2010 - 8:42AM

    A Welcome Sign in muddy politics of Pakistan. Thank God we’ll have at least someone, we’d be able to Call, A Leader.Recommend

  • Disgusted
    Oct 4, 2010 - 10:33AM

    I see people here talking about how Musharraf destroyed our country but i want to ask these people that Was Pakistan a wonderful paradise before he came? Was there no crime, no hatred, no lawlessness, no injustice. If there wasn’t then maybe they and i were not living in the same Pakistan.
    All these issues that you are talking already existed before he came. What happened was that during his time you got used to a certain level of calmness in your daily live. I am not going to say peace because yes they were troubles but still life was good and went on in a relatively undisturbed manner. i am not saying that his time in office was without problems and issues but for a majority of the time it was good, even though i’m sure you wont admit it now since apparently it seems that during the time when he was in power everyone was quite unhappy but were keeping quite for some reason.
    You know i think you are right lets get the one of the two political parties that were in charge previously and currently respectively, they were sooooo much better for Pakistan i mean can’t you just tell with our current government. Has there ever been a better time for Pakistan, seriously fills you with pride doesn’t it. Why in the world would we want a scoundrel like Musharraf back when we have some like Zardari who is innocent as new born babe.Recommend

  • Thinker
    Oct 4, 2010 - 2:12PM

    Pakistan was no paradise before Mush. But the exceptional gifts of dragging Pakistan in war on terror, drone attacks, setting up of us puppet government, bluff on Lal-Masjid and brutal killings of innocent children portraying Pakistan as the new haven of terorrists & Al-Qaeda, NRO (which is the biggest root cause of corruption and today’s corrupt government in Pakistan), handover of patriotic pakistanis to enemies (missing people to-date), Akbar Bugti’s brutal murder and fanning of Baluch conspiracies, CJ chaos and killings in Karachi, indifference (silent support) on BBs cold blooded murder were not found all together in history.
    Are not these heinous crimes demanding accountability? How can people forget so soon? Just because corrupt politicians could come in reaction to above, specially due to 9 years of dictatorship, NRO and BBs murder, people are convinced that past regime was lesser of the evil?
    No, absolutely not.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 4, 2010 - 7:09PM

    @ disgusted well said

    @ Thinker

    We all want the corrupt to be punished the looted wealth returned home and the war on terror to end or atleast be fought on American soil not ours
    Nobody praises Mush for the wrong he had done esp NRO but with out it PPP and the Nawaz league wouldnt have returned to power and the Swiss case was a grave one too but we ware not living in paradise aft him too, perhaps he has learned frm his mistakes we hope and as far as Benazir’s assasination is concerned remember there were attacks on Mush too during his reign Murtaza Bhutto was murdered while Benazir was here but the point is
    If PPP forgot the BB’s death who else will remember it???? The govt is of PPP if you think Mush was behind it how come they dont do any thing abt it? where is Naheed Khan ??? or is it bcoz some one had to gain alot after BB’s death???

    Now who could it be ???? hmmmm

    Think abt it !!!Recommend

  • Thinker
    Oct 5, 2010 - 5:39PM

    No one is advocating PPP, PML or any other party here. But it is repeated that NRO was uniquely planted by Mush, and the resulting gift in the form of corrupt government to Pakistani nation is also from him which he knew all along. If someone seeks forgiveness, will everyone ignore the crimes.
    Knowing that APML supporters all despise the current government, so if the current president wants to come back for the next term asking forgiveness for his past mistakes, would he be given a fair chance? No, and it should not be given.
    Remember, Lal Masjid massacre was not a mistake, it was a heinous crime.
    Additionally, Mr. Musharraf is still beating the old drum of continuing to fight the war on terror and elimination of Al-Qaeda. Which Al-Qaeda? Who has proven to be in Pakistan, from Al-Qaeda with solid evidences? Yes, when needed, a tape is produced or some accomplices are ‘killed’ while no proof is given to Pakistani public or even government if it was a valid ‘kill’. Even the western media recognizes this as a phony entity created just to grab more land, more resources, please Islamophobes, get extensive control in the region to scare Iran (even to form a base against her), closely monitor China and as a bonus, harass muslims all over the world. Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 7, 2010 - 12:03PM

    Mush is Back!!!!

    Hope Musharraf has learnt alot from his mistakes and try covering his blunder with superior works Come Mush Come we will support you………..Recommend

  • khalid ashraf
    Oct 7, 2010 - 4:11PM

    mush is best of all,only his fault he belongs to urdu speaking family not a chaudry or
    khan . thatswhy he is very popular in educated pakistani.Any one have good education
    they think differnt way,we are all pakistani first ,does not matter we live in karachi or khyber.
    we are muslim and pakistani.Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 8, 2010 - 11:23AM

    All politician of Pakistan turn into anti Mush because they know that youth is with Mush!!!Recommend

  • Khwaja Aftab Shah
    Nov 21, 2010 - 5:10AM

    Most of the educated Pakisatanis specially who are living abroad welcome general Musharraf in politics of the country. I have already suggested for election/ selection of the retired Chief of Army as a president in my article,”Facts on ground in Pakistan”. But let me remind general Musharraf that the real problem in Pakistan is the civil bureucracy. Although Gen. Mushrraf delt with them successfully but only on federal level, the real culprit are at provincial level with whom the majority population has to deal with and regretably, general were not able to contrl them. Police ,revenue and judiciary corruption under feudal umbrela will again be a challange for him. All the best and wish the general a success.Recommend

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