Elected governments failed Pakistan: Musharraf

By AFP
Published: November 13, 2010
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WASHINGTON: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said Friday that all elected governments have failed the country, as he tries to mount a political comeback.

On a speaking tour of the United States, Musharraf said he wanted to return to power through popular will but did not agree that “we want a democratically elected government and that is all, period.”

“The important thing for an elected government is to deliver to the people and to the state. If that is not happening, that is the problem in Pakistan,” Musharraf told National Public Radio.

“Unfortunately, the civil governments have never performed. And I repeat: Never performed in its history. They have never,” Musharraf said.

During other appearances before US audiences, Musharraf has criticized the response of President Asif Ali Zardari and the civilian government to floods that affected 21 million people.

Pakistan, then the army chief, seized power in 1999 when he was flying back from a trip and then prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to fire him.

Musharraf stood by his actions, saying Sharif “deposed himself” through his “unconstitutional” actions.

But Musharraf acknowledged that the army, now under different leadership, was unlikely to welcome him back and said he wanted to return “through the mandate of the people.”

Musharraf became a close partner of the United States following the September 11, 2001 attacks, when he dropped Pakistan’s support of Afghanistan’s Taliban and assisted the war. He stepped down in 2008 after his efforts to control the judiciary triggered an uproar.

Many observers give Musharraf slim chances of returning to power due to his lack of a political base. US President Barack Obama’s administration, while maintaining cooperation with the military, has focused on building democratic institutions in Pakistan.

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  • Malik Tabeer
    Nov 13, 2010 - 12:14PM

    Well Unfortunately its absolutely TrueRecommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 13, 2010 - 12:31PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.This is not the new news for the nation because present elected governments have been badly failed to fulfill their promises on which basis they got vote and the only things the elected governments did,id est,increasing the problems and difficulties for the whole nation especially for the middle and lower class related common man in the face of expensiveness,personal insecurity,unemployment and more suicidal cases and despite all of this they are still hoping for having next regime after the next general elections and also say that the nation has afforded 10 years dictatorship then afford democracy for 10 years also. Recommend

  • Adi
    Nov 13, 2010 - 1:26PM

    No one can disagree with him…the way awaam distributed mithai on the departure of each “elected” government within 2-3 years is a testimonial of what General sb is sayingRecommend

  • Yousaf
    Nov 13, 2010 - 1:34PM

    Exactly… take example of the present government!! Recommend

  • Umer Siddiqui
    Nov 13, 2010 - 1:48PM

    Democracy is not suitable for a country with such illiteracy rate and feudal influence, the whole nation should realize before its too late.Recommend

  • kinzah
    Nov 13, 2010 - 1:55PM

    Sad but true..I speak as a pakistani living in Pakistan..we don’t need democracy…we need systems that perform..and a goveronment that delivers its true promise to people…Long Live Pakistan and its loyal ciitizens!Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2010 - 2:57PM

    Musharraf stop day-dreaming. You have no chances to come in power again. These Americans won’t pay you any heed. They have betrayed its allies so many timesRecommend

  • Nisar
    Nov 13, 2010 - 5:33PM

    @Yousaf, Umer & Kinza : absolutely rite r u guys. i m n line with u folks…Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2010 - 6:59PM

    @ Dear All,

    Musharraf is partially right and also partially wrong. He can not absolve himself and other military rulers of absolutely messing up with country’s political structure through the use and abuse of civil and military agencies.

    ONLY AYUB KHAN had a team capable of making Pakistan an Asian Economic Giant. Bhutto was a statesman par excellence but his team, his over-confidence in popular political support and his mismatched feudal background lead him to gallows through engineered judicial verdict. From Zia-ul-Haq to Pervez Musharraf, all heads of states and governments had no idea about state management structures, systems and functions. They were merely political products of circumstances and nothing more than that. They lacked strategic vision, they did not have any overall national agenda except Musharraf who had come into power with a seven point agenda which was merely a document and a sham, they did not have people of character and integrity around them, most of them were selected and cleared by intelligence agencies.

    Musharraf was the only ruler who was given an opportunity to put Pakistan’s politics back on track but he miserably failed not because he was insincere. He lacked the leadership qualities which a politicians needs to have for success. On top of that he accepted the responsibility of those actions also which were taken by others with his consent but not on his own initiative. There he made an inexcusable error of judgment for which he has paid the price.

    WHAT IS THE WAY OUT?

    DOES PAKISTAN NEED DEMOCRATIC OR MILITARY LEADERSHIP?

    I think people will get ONLY what they deserve. They themselves are not better than their leaders as a nation. An individual Pakistani is a social unit of Pakistani nation. Who brings the politicians into power through vote in a democratic set up? Who thanks God when a military dictator sends popularly elected ruler home, abroad or throws him into prison?

    Nobody is to be blamed but ME and ONLY ME as one who elects an incapable and insincere ruler through either democratic process or sends him home through supporting a military dictator. Recommend

  • Klues
    Nov 13, 2010 - 7:44PM

    Blame the person who brought them here, the NRO architect.

    I liked you alot Mr. Musharraf, then you sold out to the International bankers. It is very dis-hearting to see that. Enjoy your London life.Recommend

  • kinzah
    Nov 14, 2010 - 1:17AM

    @ klues
    I find your ignorance or maybe denial of the situation quite funny at best..if u think musharaaf sold us to the bankers then my friend ur off the mark..our minds and bodies were sold before we were born some odd 60 years ago…there is nothing left here..Recommend

  • Majid Urrehman
    Nov 14, 2010 - 3:41AM

    So do you want to come in power unelected?Recommend

  • patriot
    Nov 14, 2010 - 4:27AM

    Klues i agree with you 100 percentRecommend

  • Jafakush
    Nov 15, 2010 - 8:07AM

    We were not sold 60 years ago, we can change and get out of this debt enslavement.

    You can do your own research and tell me why would we need every finance minister from World Bank, IMF and IFC.

    Musharraf needs to explain why he didnt bring justice to people in nine years. Why complain now?Recommend

  • Umer
    Nov 15, 2010 - 11:20AM

    I believe that someone new should step forward now …someone like Imran Khan ……PPP,PML
    all have had their chances and even the armyRecommend

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