Media watch: Musharraf's unrepentant speech

Published: November 9, 2010
Former President Pervez Musharraf said that he would repeat the same actions if a Lal Masjid like situation arose again. PHOTO: AFP

Former President Pervez Musharraf said that he would repeat the same actions if a Lal Masjid like situation arose again. PHOTO: AFP

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

Nawaz amassed over $1bn ill-gotten money in London: Musharraf

Former chief of the army staff Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has accused PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif of having amassed over $1 billion in ill-gotten wealth. The money stashed in bank accounts in London is looked after by his son. Addressing a gathering of Pakistanis at a New Jersey hotel, he asserted that if he returns to power he would try the Sharifs in court of law. (

Silly swaggerer

The sometimes petulant, sometimes boastful address by Musharraf in fact highlighted yet again why he should never have governed this country. Personal traits of leaders play a part in their style of leadership and Musharraf’s bluster was noted by many. The swaggering stance he so often adopted may have been suitable to a commando in the field of battle, but hardly to someone expected to negotiate delicately between various actors to steer the country through the many problems it faces. (

Mush becomes a bad joke

Equally disturbing was his attempt to link himself to the Quaid’s banner by saying that now his party will carry this banner for Pakistan. How a military dictator with the stamp of corruption could even assume to take on the mantle of the arch democrat and rule of law advocate is mind boggling as it is insulting to the Quaid’s memory. (

An unrepentant dictator

It is only after the Laal Masjid debacle that terror attacks became the order of the day. It is because Nawab Akbar Bugti had the gall and heart to stick up for Dr Shazia Khalid after her brutal rape, allegedly by an army officer, that his Bugti and other Baloch tribes clashed with the military, which finally led to his murder. (

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Umair Mallick
    Nov 9, 2010 - 4:18PM

    Just a pile of rubbish typical to the irresponsible and cheap media groups sold in the hands of incumbent politicians and Waderas. This cheap propaganda does not only come back badly to those who publish such rubbish but also unfortunately will add more misery and confusion in the minds of common people. Shame shame shame on mediaRecommend

  • Waleed Khan
    Nov 9, 2010 - 4:37PM

    The dictator this . the dictator that. Sick and tired of the continuous coverage given to that dictator. its been close to 3 years since this glorious democratic government came to rule this land. Why don’t we focus on ‘ now ‘ ?

    Why don’t we enjoy this rule and give a shut up cal to all those against this democratic setup?

    Btw who ever wrote that dailytimes article probably was born post the year 2000, since the writer felt the need to mention that pipe line blowing traitor who in his time as CM of baluchistan launched an operation on his own people during the 70s. Was that operation by bugti as well to save a rapist?Recommend

  • Nov 9, 2010 - 7:59PM

    I am sure that the people of Pakistan are enjoying the democratic Rs.125/kg sugar compared to the dictatorial sugar at Rs.27/kg. I am sure that it tastes 5 times better by donating Rs.98/kg to sugar mill owners err their democratic leaders.Recommend

  • Aamir Ali
    Nov 9, 2010 - 7:59PM

    Media made lots of $$$ and name for itself during Musharraf era. It should be thankful to him.Recommend

  • M Dawood
    Nov 9, 2010 - 8:17PM

    i’ve started to hate the paki media lately who give such coverage, knowingly he was a dictator; who rose to the horizon by illegal means; someone who had no respect of the constitution; had committed immense atrocities over the last decade; had leaked and compromised national security related issues; had paralyzed the judiciary as if he was god; and most importantly eluded the public………after all this, how in the hell the media puts this culprit on the headlines………the more the media supports and publishes his sick statements, the more treasoning attitude they build upon themselves.Recommend

  • Omar khan
    Nov 9, 2010 - 9:46PM

    I think the media would do well to publish a comparison of cost of living under “the dictator” and “the democrats”. But the problem is that things like cost of living do not figure out very high on the list of worries for our English-medium, west-infected desi goras and goris that write in english press after learning all the buzzwords like human rights and freedoms from their backbenches in western universities. Give us a break. This country needs good governance and your zardari- and sharif-led democracy stinks on that count. Let us respect Mush for being a man and for for standing up and owning up to his decisions that no sheep baa-baa’d over when he was making or executing them. Please shut this non-sense up on the past and get on with what is now and here….if you really care to. Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Nov 9, 2010 - 9:59PM

    I really wana know is that is Media role We gotta be more responsible and unbiased Recommend

  • Syed Hussein El-Edroos
    Nov 9, 2010 - 10:52PM

    We don’t have any standards for judging our leaders. Just because Gen Musharraf government was better run that this crooked and incompetent government does not make Musharraf good. Part of the mess in Pakistan is due to Musharraf. He acted like a warlord rather than a leader.

    In the case of Lal Masjid, all that Musharraf had to do was block the sewage lines and stop the water. Everyone inside would have surrendered without a shot being fired because of the stink. But no, Musharraf had to impress the Americans. And today we are still paying for his mistakes.Recommend

  • Talha Ahmed
    Nov 9, 2010 - 11:03PM


    Keep raising voices and we will be heard Inshallah. Recommend

  • Halaku Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:40AM

    Mush should be tried for Lal MasjidRecommend

  • Nov 10, 2010 - 11:11AM

    I think Omar Khan is right. Recommend

  • Salim
    Nov 10, 2010 - 11:21AM

    Media should talk about the fall of East Pakistan which was the greatest disaster for Pakistan. December 17 is just around the corner so there is an ideal opportunity. Media does’nt have the courage to utter anything on the brutal operation in Karachi resulting in killing of over 15000 people.

    As for Lal Masjid media is silent on the crimes and killings by inmates before the operation i.e. killings of police, rangers and army officer, kidnappings arson etc. I clearly remember media pressurising the Govt to establish its writ. Were’nt those crimnal acts?

    Lets not get carried away.Recommend

  • saad
    Nov 10, 2010 - 1:00PM

    i agree with syed hussein, and considering lal masjid and bugti i want to ask the brave commando that during the expensive (in everyway) war against terrorism how many terrorists were ‘killed’ like bugti and how many were arrested and taken to trial? Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:47PM

    The Crooks siting in the Media can not change the reality on ground by their hateful propagandas, and the Reality is that Musharraf is the Real Choice of Patriot Pakistanis.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 10:33PM

    the reality is pakistanis in general are incredibly short sighted and prone to very bad memory lapse. selective amnesia is the flavor of the day-everyday! did president musharraf do things pakistanis disagreed with-yes. does that mean he was a dictator or a bad ruler-no. in fact, as pointed out earlier, the socio-economic progress pakistan and pakistanis made under his watch more than compensates for any political miscalculations he may have had, for his better decisions far outweigh any poor judgements. all humans make mistakes, and what separated musharraf from our stupid politicians is that the decisions that went wrong did not do so for lack of sincerity. they did so because the situation surrounding the decisions changed. this is a 360 degree difference between say, asif zardari. Recommend

  • Nov 11, 2010 - 12:02AM

    Wow the more the media bashes Musharraf the more his support base grows! I have never seen Pro-Musharraf supporters get so vocal to support him.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Nov 14, 2010 - 2:04PM

    Geo Musharraf – we miss you. The media is playing in the hands of joker politicians, but all at the cost of poor people of Pakistan. Time is coming soon when the poor people will start ignoring the media.Recommend

  • farooq naqvi
    Nov 14, 2010 - 11:37PM

    Musharraf is far better of corrupt polititions.Recommend

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