Musharraf ‘unaware’ of Dr Aafia’s place of detention

Published: October 3, 2010
Former president Pervez Musharraf warns opponents of jaw-breaking response in Birmingham. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former president Pervez Musharraf warns opponents of jaw-breaking response in Birmingham. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former president Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday that he did not know whether Dr Aafia Siddiqui had been picked up from Pakistan or Afghanistan. He also took a swipe at Nawaz Sharif, saying the former prime minister was mentally ‘bald’.

Swearing that he had never met Dr Aafia in person, the former president said that he did not know whether she was detained in Afghanistan or the circumstances surrounding her arrest in Pakistan. He also claimed he did not know how Aafia was taken to the United States.

Referring to the PML-N chief, he said that Nawaz Sharif had no solution to the Kashmir imbroglio and the joint communiqué issued at the time of the then Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visit to Lahore contained no mention of Kashmir.

Accusing Sharif of duping the people, he said that he (Sharif) became prime minister twice and both times he failed. Now, Musharraf said, he wants to come back to power again and destroy the country utterly.

Addressing a gathering in Birmingham, People, Musharraf said that he wanted to get rid of “empty cartridges”.  People, he said, who cannot afford to go beyond traditional politics, were talking against him outside of the legislature.

He said that media was being used to befool the people and he was aware of who was talking nonsense on various TV channels, adding that the time of silence has ended and anyone talking against him would get a “jaw-breaking” response.

Warning people dependent on Nawaz Sharif, Musharraf said that their words lacked wisdom and respect.

Decrying what he called hereditary politics, the former president said time for such politics had passed, and Pakistan is not part of anyone’s personal asset.

Musharraf was accompanied on the occasion by Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain, Sher Afgan Niazi, Barrister Saif, Dr Amjad Chaudhry, Fawwad Chaudhry, Rashid Qureshi and Dr Nasim Ashraf. Two men were dragged out of the venue when they raised slogans.

Meanwhile, a protest demonstration was organised by Hizbul Tahrir in which activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf also took part.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2010.

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  • Hashmi
    Oct 3, 2010 - 12:00PM

    I think that Mr. Musharraf gave a sufficient answer to his own statement by saying ‘Mein jhoot bol kar sharminda nahi hota’ during his speech in regards to his role in the Dr. Aafia Siddique’s ‘extradition’.

    I wonder why the Express Tribune did not take that particular statement into account or report on it. I, at least, found it to be of particular interest. Doesn’t everyone?Recommend

  • Asif
    Oct 3, 2010 - 12:23PM

    I wonder that he stated “Khuda Ghawa Hay Main Dr Afia kay baray mani nahi janta k usay kis nay aur kahan say uthaya”… For his lovers..its Very sad..
    If he really didn’t know (Which is not possible) then, has he capability for a country’s ruler..? Recommend

  • Another opinion
    Oct 3, 2010 - 12:41PM

    Mentally bald? Real classy of him.Recommend

  • ArifQ
    Oct 3, 2010 - 12:54PM

    Assuming Dr Aafia was picked up in Afghanistan as stated by the Americans then how would anyone in Pakistan know where she was being detained or picked up. Unfortunately, the ex President has made his case weak by stating in his book that during his tenure 300 plus people were handed over to the Americans. At the time, to American audience such statements or acknowledgements made the President popular, but the same haunts him today. Recommend

  • A Suhail
    Oct 3, 2010 - 1:33PM

    Mush is unaware of who picked up Afia. He is also unaware of who ordered the bungled Kargil operation. He is
    also unaware of who killed Nawab Bugti. He is also unaware of who raped Mrs Khalid. He is unaware of NRO and the assault on Judiciary. He is also unaware of….. and this guys calls Nawaz mentally bald!Recommend

  • Talha
    Oct 3, 2010 - 2:30PM

    It is strange if the president knows about one person disappears in the country of 170 million people. We should not be believing anything if some anchor or some media person said so . . . . as it is now absolutely cleared that media persons are working on their own agendas and their reports most of the times based on their own emotional biases, which is unfortunate. Recommend

  • Shakeela
    Oct 3, 2010 - 2:35PM

    A Liar….
    Who Proud to be a Liar……According to his Speech
    “Main Jhoot Boolnay say Darta Nahi hooon”….haaannnn.Recommend

  • Mehmood
    Oct 3, 2010 - 3:41PM

    Mush should be tried as a war criminal just as Bush and Blair should stand trial as war criminals. Mush is responsible for acts that are part of a dark chapter in Pakistan’s history. Acts of criminal oppression, acts of murder, acts of treason and acts of human rights violations by selling 100s of citizens to quench his thirst for the mighty dollar. His coming back to politics has no significance, he is a fugitive dictator who has no guts to come back to a state where he created blunder and chaos for so many years. We will see the consequences of the Mush dictatorship for many many years to come. Recommend

  • Mehmood
    Oct 3, 2010 - 4:20PM

    @Talha, I am sure you have read his book where is proudly tells the reader that he sold Pakistani citizens and earned $$$.

    Enough said.Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza
    Oct 3, 2010 - 4:49PM

    waisay.. its quite funny. The same bald guy made him Mushi the COAS :)Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Oct 3, 2010 - 5:00PM

    Yes, Mehmood, that is true. But the sentence about millions of dollars in “bounty money” was deleted from the US edition of his self-serving book.

    I have often wondered who these millions went to but it is no secret that when we did capture a few bad guys the US would come over to congratulate us and would leave briefcases behind.

    No prize for guessing what was inside.

    I feel some of the words/expressions used in his address are in bad taste. Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Oct 3, 2010 - 5:04PM

    @Mehmood why you lying he never said “Pakistani” better u correct ur fact huh

    and i can bet you that u never red his book all you know through hamid mir PMLN and ppp or hamid mir yellow journalism
    come on now Recommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 3, 2010 - 6:12PM

    Have you read his book? This is our problem that we never cross verify news. Nowhere he said that he sold pakistani for dollars. Terrorists belonging to Afghanistan, Uzbek, and other countries were handed over to USA. Read book againRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 3, 2010 - 6:44PM

    After the sentence of Dr. Aafia is announced by US Court, the matter of Dr. Aafia has become significantly important for the nation.

    No Pakistani is going believe that General Musharraf being the first ally of US government war against terror was not aware of the fact that what had happened to Dr. Aafia and her children and how Dr. Aafia was kidnapped from Karachi and then smuggled into Afghanistan.

    Is it high time for the film makers of Pakistan to make a movie on Dr. Aafia’s kidnapping, like a US film maker made a movie on kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl in order to tell the true story to the people in US.

    If General Musharraf want to again become President of Pakistan, he should call his old colleagues in US to release Dr. Aafia unconditionally and she should return home in safe and sound condition, otherwise, General Musharraf should forget once and for all that he can even won a UC Nazim election under the shadow of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s trail and sentence for 86 years any where from the country, what to talk about making him President for the following term which is far from imagination.Recommend

  • saher
    Oct 3, 2010 - 10:31PM

    “jaw-breaking” response will be for those who move the jaw against him! ha ha.. so much for freedom of speech advocacyRecommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Oct 3, 2010 - 11:31PM

    Very crude remarks about a fellow politician. NS would never have been fooled to invent the NRO. Such remarks are crude, derogatory and tasteless. With such an approach he is again showing signs of arrogance. Politics is all about diplomacy. Recommend

  • Asad
    Oct 4, 2010 - 8:21AM

    Ok, here is the most important point from this news item. Why did the PTI activists participate in a demonstration with Hizbul Tahrir? PTI really needs to tell us clearly what their ideology is. Of course, this is not to say that a demonstration against Musharraff wasn’t warranted, but not with people like HT.Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2010 - 12:23PM

    Mr. Musharraf’s speech at the launching of his supposedly inimitable APML must be a big disappointment for many of his Facebook supporters. There is going to be a clash between the two APMLs and neither one will change its name.

    Let him come back now and face the Supreme Court if he is as brave as he makes himself out to be. Does one really think that all die hard politicians on the lampoon stage of Pakistani politics will allow him to come back? Never. As a local newspaper recently printed a few days ago “if wishes were horses, Musharraf would ride.”

    Dr. Aafia Siddqui will haunt him, the Supreme Court will hunt him, the useless politicians of our beleagured country will conjure up new tricks against him. As they are non-pareil at that.

    Mr. Musharraf…………if you desire to come to power, come back to Pakistan NOW and face the Chief Justice otherwise your party will be a non starter and start hibernating.

    With salams and best wishes. Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2010 - 4:52PM

    He was/is an ‘ignorant’ leader after all.Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2010 - 9:33PM

    mushraf bhai assallam o allaikum
    must well come new party but 10yers govt not people of pakistan sullation of peoples solves all
    issues thanks Recommend

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