Bad governance, not India, greatest threat: Musharraf

Published: October 9, 2010
Former president says he will return as soon as elections are announced

Former president says he will return as soon as elections are announced

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that the greatest threat Pakistan is facing today is “failure” of governance rather than India or Taliban.

“I would say, failure of governance is the greatest threat today,” the Times of India reported Musharraf as saying. In an interview given to an Indian publication, Musharraf said that the immediate necessity on the ground in Pakistan is a “functional governance structure free of corruption”.

The former president has announced his return to politics from London, where he has been living in self-imposed exile since the general election of 2008.

Accusing the current government of failing to effectively govern the country, he said: “The (Pakistan Peoples Party) government has failed to do so. Nawaz Sharif came to power twice but could not do anything productive because he is actually brainless.”

His remarks came amid criticism of the government for the handling of the floods and corruption.

Asked if he planned to return to Pakistan, Musharraf said he would “as soon as elections are announced. In the meantime, I will focus on strengthening the party from here,” he said, referring to his All Pakistan Muslim League launched in London on October 1.

Musharraf also said he was not perturbed by reports that he will be facing trouble if he returned to Pakistan. “Let them do whatever they want to. As far as I am concerned, there are no hindrances for my return when I want to. All those opposing me are cowards and are scared of my return,” he said.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had recently said that if Musharraf returned to Pakistan, the Supreme Court will “welcome” him as a slew of cases were pending against him.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2010.

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  • Faisal Hussain
    Oct 9, 2010 - 10:32AM

    Mush is a great visionary and we need him. he is the one who delivered since i took birth in late 70s not Nzwaz and Benazir. so i will vote for him. Recommend

  • sajid
    Oct 9, 2010 - 12:10PM

    Lure him back in to Pakistan, it will be easy to clean.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 9, 2010 - 12:12PM

    All those opposing me are cowards and
    are scared of my return,” he said.

    It Sums it all up. All the Lutera’s are getting United against Public’s Choice. We would not let them win. Insha’ Allah …. Long Live MusharrafRecommend

  • Usama Zafar
    Oct 9, 2010 - 12:36PM

    Man I love his boldness!!Recommend

  • saeed zaman
    Oct 9, 2010 - 1:02PM

    Musharaf saying are to made him capable of asylum in UK,He is a dead horse.better to shot up & continue drinks,Now he is of no value.let him dream.can not face courts as his crimes are more then deserving death.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Oct 9, 2010 - 1:28PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Musharraf’s statement is based on the absolutely and definitely truth.Because our present corrupt and NRO certified incapable and unable leadership has driven the country towards poverty,hunger,joblessness and expensiveness and has made common man’s life more and more difficult and awesome.Today’s common man is facing much more economical and social problems and difficulties and suicidal cases are increased to a great extend in the country and hazardous,dangerous and harsh economic decisions are coercing common man to live from hand to mouth.Day by day increasing the prices of initial commodities are creating hindrances to lead happy and peaceful life so that crimes are being increased very rapidly.Security’s,expensiveness’,poverty’s,hunger’s and unemployment’s situation in Musharraf’s regime was much the best than present PPPP’s regime.Recommend

  • Oct 9, 2010 - 1:44PM

    Who can be a better judge of bad governance than Mush, who excelled in this field and authored the NRO, so that his legacy is carried on.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Oct 9, 2010 - 2:02PM

    However bad you all make him, nevertheless he is thousand times better than the politicians we have today! As for those who say he is only facebook President, remember there is a silent majority that will rise up to support him once he enters the election!Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 9, 2010 - 4:29PM

    Pakistan Need u SIr!!!!Recommend

  • Oct 9, 2010 - 6:16PM

    General Musharraf is using too much un-political language which is bound to cost his popularity. Politicians should think more than once before speaking on important and tricky issues. He should’t be so charitable as to give frequent interviews to indian media which will always give new twists to his statements to support indian stand viz-a-viz pakistan. Recommend

  • Isfand
    Oct 9, 2010 - 6:50PM

    Well said!Recommend

  • Girish
    Oct 9, 2010 - 10:07PM

    @Abdul Rahman Khan
    No, it doesn’t matter. He will make pakistanis believe that the rouge indian media has twisted his comments, when he is in HOT seat. Pakistanis love conspiracy theories, so it serves well with their media. Let him speak his heart out to indian media and let the world know the truth.Recommend

  • imran
    Oct 10, 2010 - 12:31AM

    yes it is true that bad governance is really threat to the Pakistan and this can be converted through if we have Pervez musharraf once again as aou president and leader,.Recommend

  • F. U. Khan
    Oct 10, 2010 - 12:38AM

    The masses of Pakistan, despite worst-ever governance of Zardari and multitudinous and incalculable multifarious corruptions will never ever accept the Ex-military dictator to resume the unaccomplished task of selling off and merchandizing the country in the hands of the America. The populace is tolerant enough to withstand the unscrupulous PPP government like a horrendous nightmare rather than empowering the tyrant military ruler to make a comeback with all its atrocities. Even a layman of the nation knows it full well that Pervez Musharraf is America’s virtual puppet, and demolisher of Judiciary, Jama-e-Hafsa, Laal Masjid and initiator of selling system of wanted heads to the America on rich costs. The pathetic saga of Dr. Afia Siddiqui is a prominent and irrefutable example. He is a several time proven distorter – rather destroyer of the constitution of Pakistan. Now Pervez Musharraf, bathing himself in milk, denounces the PPP government for corruptions and no-governance. He can’t be better than PPP government. The bitter fact is that all players in the ground have been tried and retried. The ill-starred country needs a complete formatting for wiping out the pernicious virus from the system of Government. All political parties are disastrous for the existence of the country.Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 5:08PM

    Musharraf wa bold enough to call them liars. He should have said greedy liars.Recommend

  • Oct 10, 2010 - 5:21PM

    Please see this how nations respect their armed forcesRecommend

  • Hasan Khan
    Oct 10, 2010 - 5:49PM

    Musharraf is the greatest. He nearly conquered Kashmir via Kargil. He almost cleaned up Blochistan. He implemented Sharia in Khyber-Pakhtuthawa through the MMA. He almost built Kalabagh Dam for Punjab. He even had ideas about finishing load shedding which he could not do due to lawyers movement. He intended to have independent judiciary after getting rid of the CJ first. His achievements are too many to count. All he needs now is another 10 years and the problem of Pakistan will be solved – forever.Recommend

  • nasim
    Oct 10, 2010 - 7:15PM

    The only person in Pakistan is Pervez Mussraf to bring happiness for lower and middle class people of pakistan. Long live mussraf we are with U. People loves youRecommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 11, 2010 - 4:45AM

    We agree with you musharraf, surely bad governance is killing us and causing a damage so bad our enemy needs to do nothing just sit back and relax, then again alot of us voted for them and alot of us shall do it again…we never learn the lesson do we…any how absolutely right on that one Mr. Mush no doubt about that.

    I still believe you were atleast better than these people and absolutely more intellegent.Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb
    Oct 11, 2010 - 6:36AM

    @hassan khan well said 10 yrs is not enough for him lets make it a life time for him.Recommend

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