I will not visit India ever: Musharraf

By AFP
Published: December 3, 2010
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New Delhi says it was ‘not convinced’ by the reason for the visit.

New Delhi says it was ‘not convinced’ by the reason for the visit.

NEW DELHI: 

Former president Pervez Musharraf said he does not plan on visiting India ever again, while speaking to The Indian Expressvia phone from Dubai.

Musharraf, who was denied a visa by the Indian government, said he does not think it was because New Delhi believes he was the main person behind the Kargil crisis.  Musharraf said he had been reassured that he would get the visa, before the denial came. “I have no words to explain my disappointment,” Musharraf said. “My hopes have been washed away by your govt … I think it shows India lacks confidence to face me,” he said.

Pointing out that he had met both former PM Vajpayee and incumbent premier Manmohan Singh after Kargil, the former army chief said he did not believe his role in the war prompted the move. “I mean, that’s a very silly reason … all this rapprochement that I initiated has been washed down the drain. Why was I allowed to come three times between Kargil and now if that is the case?”

Musharraf said he has yet to be informed of the official reason for the denial of his visa. “I think the denial has come from either India’s interior ministry or foreign ministry. If it is the interior ministry, then they may have been wary of the law and order situation or my comments on terrorism and Kashmir perhaps. Or could it be what I said on Muslim extremism being on the rise in India? I frankly don’t know.”

Even his comments on India’s role in Balochistan are not new, he said. “I have been saying this for quite some time. If you read WikiLeaks, you will know … It is not based on hearsay. Nawab Akbar Bugti’s grandson Brahamdagh Bugti is being supported by India, I have known that for years and I told Bush about it. I told Karzai about it. What’s new now?”

Musharraf said: “I believe in my honour and dignity. When Indian and Pakistani forces were eyeball-to-eyeball in 2002, I went to attend the Saarc summit in Kathmandu, for which I was permitted to fly over the Indian airspace … I chose to route my plane via Beijing instead.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2010.

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  • Dec 3, 2010 - 5:56PM

    lolz, such tantrums! :pRecommend

  • Kamal
    Dec 3, 2010 - 5:57PM

    Pls Musharraf Sahab do’nt do it.Pls come to India..How we will live without you coming to India..Recommend

  • Kittu
    Dec 3, 2010 - 5:58PM

    Good Riddance India. Musharaf should first go to Pakistan and face them.Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:07PM

    Indian are obliged. Thank you !Recommend

  • rizvi
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:07PM

    after all the crap Pakistan has been through i think Musharraf’s come back wont be so bad. Pakistan does not need democracy. Pakistan cannot survive democracy because ppl claiming to be ‘democratic’ do not know the meaning of democracy. they cannot differentiate between democracy and corruption!Recommend

  • Copper
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:10PM

    you are powerless now, who caresRecommend

  • Rehan
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:38PM

    Good Riddance! :DRecommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:47PM

    Mr.Musharraf India is not like your temporary country of UK or Dubai.They know if you go there you will open your big mouth talk the issue of necessary that India government does not like it now.They are more issue than you start now.

    I think they made the decision what it should be now,,,,,,,,Recommend

  • lal
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:49PM

    he should come back to Pakistan Instead of traveling like a gypsy. Musharraf Naraz hua……………Recommend

  • Kamil Bangash
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:56PM

    The Indian government is wrong in denying him a visa. They should have allowed his visit as he orignally belongs to India and has done great service for it. Something tells me they are going to give him a visa soon.Recommend

  • Waleed khan
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:58PM

    What a great man
    Salute to you, sir syed perviz musharrafRecommend

  • ksmat
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:59PM

    Great! I hope that is a promise he sticks to. Now one hopes that the US will find courage to deny him a visa also!Recommend

  • Hamood
    Dec 3, 2010 - 7:22PM

    Why did he want to go there anyway? He makes more than a $100,000 per lecture elsewhere in the world. Going to India is useless. Recommend

  • Q
    Dec 3, 2010 - 7:38PM

    Musharraf remains great..Recommend

  • Dec 3, 2010 - 7:42PM

    Well Musharraf, I can’t say anything. I feel sorry that India denied you a visa, but I think you should be barred from coming to Pakistan… And if you come, you should be held accountable for your past term. Then you can dream of coming into politics again :((Recommend

  • Kamal
    Dec 3, 2010 - 7:54PM

    Kamil..I agree with you Musharraf has done gr8 service for India.Kargil is an example..Recommend

  • Amer
    Dec 3, 2010 - 8:06PM

    Haaay Hay … all the army dictator’s supporters can now line up to praise him. Recommend

  • Amna
    Dec 3, 2010 - 8:25PM

    Musharraf need to grow a backbone and move forward….what did he expect?? He is taking this all too personal….India is not his “friend” and he should be expecting anythingRecommend

  • Riaz Butt
    Dec 3, 2010 - 8:43PM

    Musharraf is the best, only he has the courage to make such decsions.Recommend

  • Ahmed Khan
    Dec 3, 2010 - 8:44PM

    Now that’s what you call a man! Unlike these current loosers (politicians) being wasted daily in the west and everywhere else still go and suck up to them!Recommend

  • Adelo
    Dec 3, 2010 - 9:27PM

    President Musharaf is great…India cannot afford his interviews…even 100 journalist of india cannot stand in front of our hero… Geo MusharafRecommend

  • kashif munir
    Dec 3, 2010 - 9:41PM

    dear mr.president of india,
    i think this is against the precedents of the great democratic so called country
    india, every one is free to come up infront of people,
    he is no more in power, then y india is afraid offff….
    Be open hearted ……Recommend

  • kashif munir
    Dec 3, 2010 - 9:43PM

    mushaarf you are greatRecommend

  • Dhanya
    Dec 3, 2010 - 10:15PM

    Musharaff sab was responsible for Kargil War. As an Indian I don’t like him to visit India. So, it is good, if he decides not to visit India in the future.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Dec 3, 2010 - 11:12PM

    Excellent !! The man is so full of himself. Recommend

  • Liu Wan Ping, Shanghai
    Dec 4, 2010 - 12:48AM

    By looking at these comments, I can safely concede that the standards of English as spoken or written in Pakistan is really low and needs drastic improvements. Learn the language well before you comment, or do it in your mother tongue.Recommend

  • Bismah
    Dec 4, 2010 - 12:53AM

    World has got beautiful places to visit, and he had to think of India.Recommend

  • Dec 4, 2010 - 1:07AM

    It seems India is still afraid of Kargil hero. Recommend

  • CCC
    Dec 4, 2010 - 1:21AM

    What an insult! Former Pakistan president denied visa by India. Something that should hurt him really bad, especially since he was born there.

    Nevertheless he deserves it. He has been anti-India throughout his speeches, formenting trouble in J&K, etc. Who will give him a visa? I am surprised he is so naive to apply for a visa and be surprised when it got rejected after all that he has done.

    As regards his decision of never visiting ever again, what choice does he have?

    Forget India, can he enter Pakistan? That’s what he should be worried about.Recommend

  • Farhat
    Dec 4, 2010 - 5:56AM

    a man who can’t even enter his own country where he was Army Chief and President… complaining about not getting to enter another country which he terms as his enemy# 1… wow, i’m speachlessRecommend

  • Maulana Halwa
    Dec 4, 2010 - 6:12AM

    I guess as a civilian you come under different catogery Sorry you didnt qualify. Welcome to the real world.Recommend

  • SA
    Dec 4, 2010 - 9:00AM

    @ Liu Wan Ping, your comment has no relevance here as this is no english language class. Secondly read carefully what you have written “the standards of English as spoken or written in Pakistan is really low and needs drastic improvements”.. that’s what we call IRONY!!Recommend

  • Arachnid
    Dec 4, 2010 - 10:08AM

    I’m sure India is crushed. Haha. Recommend

  • Manoj
    Dec 4, 2010 - 10:26AM

    General Musharraf, can not be allowed to use Indian soil for promotion of his political party(APML) and say bad things about elected govt of Pakistan as he has been doing in USA and other contries he visited after launching APML.

    Political difference of political parties should be sorted out within the country itself.

    If General Musharraf thinks Pakistan needs him today, he should immediately go to Pakistan. A man who very often repeats PAKISTAN FIRST should not be afraid of losing his personal comfort if so required for the larger service of Pakistan.

    Actually Musharraf is man of many faces. He loves non other than himself. He can promot himself at the cost of the his country. Kargil is great example. He got killed hundreds of Pakistan soldiers and NOT even gave them due respect of a Shaheed.

    If he would have loved Pakistan, he would never gone for Kargil and pushed the whole mankind of the subcontinent to nuclear war and endangering the lives of 1.5 billion people including 180 million Pakistan.
    world has seen who gained personnaly from Kargil, it was gen. Musharraf, made himself president of Pak and army Chief and ruled pakistan for nine years like a King.Recommend

  • sachin
    Dec 4, 2010 - 11:19AM

    “the recent wars”, should read “Obama’s War”Recommend

  • Asad
    Dec 4, 2010 - 6:50PM

    Indians are too scared because Kashmir is in flames and Gen Musharraf is a straight talker. They cant face him.Recommend

  • sohaib
    Dec 4, 2010 - 7:11PM

    Musharraf the saviour must have the courage to come to Pakistan first. We have too many saviours who escape Pakistan and land in London. There is another saviour from Karachi sitting there for last two decades.The only thing i agree with Musharraf after a long long time is to show some dignity and decide not to visit India again. Recommend

  • Usama Zafar
    Dec 4, 2010 - 7:49PM

    @ Liu Wan Ping, Shanghai
    And what about the standard of english spoken or written in Beijing? I have been there twice and haven’t been able to find a single person on the streets who can understand even a single word of english!!! And what has english language got to do with this topic anyways??Recommend

  • Ronit
    Dec 4, 2010 - 9:38PM

    OMG how will we live without his trash talk…pity usRecommend

  • Ahmed Khan
    Dec 4, 2010 - 10:13PM

    @Usama Zafar

    well responded brother!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 4, 2010 - 10:59PM

    @ Indian govt .. please grant him visa and keep him thereRecommend

  • misk
    Dec 4, 2010 - 11:08PM

    The remarks clearly show an embarrassed Musharraf trying to hide his embarrassment.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 5, 2010 - 4:00AM

    mushaf is gretRecommend

  • Aqeel
    Dec 5, 2010 - 4:20AM

    India is still afraid of Gre8 Musharraf…Recommend

  • Kashif
    Dec 5, 2010 - 4:52AM

    Well, Mr. Musharraf has shown courage to face indian media alone before and hell did he not shut everyone up there. He is a lion and Indians have no answer to any of his questions. This shows the true face of narrow minded indian democracy, I remember few other incidents where they refuse Adnan Sami Khan visa application as well….A country which economy is booming but still 60% of its population live under a dollar per day trying to match itself with USA or US? Its a joke. Its sad because there is no doube that Musharraf has done a lot to bring pak-ind closer and during his time these two countries had great relationship. Well, its typical, feel sorry for the people of both countries.Recommend

  • Joshua
    Dec 5, 2010 - 5:50AM

    Dear Musharaf, Its nice you should not to India anymore. I do agree, India is not brave enough to listen you. It should be shame for india, that former Head of the State is declaring India is not worthy to visit ever again.
    According to me the reason is that they were expecting you to tell hiden facts about them, this is their reaction. I appreciate your bold way to deal with them.

    Pakistan First.Recommend

  • Harris Sultan
    Dec 5, 2010 - 8:41AM

    Well, I am not surprised by this cheap act of the Indian Govt. I think we should wait to see the official reason but I still believe its an insult to Pakistan then an insult to Musharraf personally. After all, he IS the ex president of Pakistan.

    We’ll see whether he will travel to India once he becomes the president of Pakistan again.Recommend

  • zahra
    Dec 5, 2010 - 9:20AM

    love u musharaf u r most honest and brave leader god bless u Recommend

  • salman
    Dec 5, 2010 - 1:12PM

    Musharaf u r great. We all love u.Recommend

  • sajid
    Dec 5, 2010 - 2:13PM

    I would like to say only few words that India is afraid by Mr. Musharaf thats it. you can check all his interviews and statments he is Eagle He is Lion.
    India uptill now has no one like him because he speaks truth and stand for that. you all better read history and truth first before commenting anything anywhere about anyone.
    Mr. Musharaf no need to go India if they don’t know how to handle the issues and repect.
    regards
    sajidRecommend

  • ash
    Dec 5, 2010 - 4:28PM

    musharaf jee! y did u even think them worth paying a visit??????Recommend

  • naseer
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:00PM

    Bad of the Indian Govt. to deny visa to a leader of the status of PM; impaired the promotion of amity, good will and dialogue in the subcontinennt; step retrogressive; not appreciable by the people in India and in the World. Musharaf represents a large segment of Public opinion in Pakistan and his views about certain aspects are generally shared by a large body of people in India. Recommend

  • Mawali
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:17PM

    He is dead on about the the mystery behind this refusal. He has been to India since leaving office and since then he has been pretty straight forward about what he thought of them and his opinions on all issues concerning India and Pakistan.

    They are simply just too afraid to face him or be around him. Of all the Pakistani non-leaders he is the only one who has put them in their place. Love the chutzpah! Recommend

  • naseer
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:38PM

    Bad of the Indian Govt. to deny Visa to a leader of the status of PM; impaired the promotion of amity, good will and dialogue in the subcontinennt; step retrogressive; not appreciable by the people in India and in the World. Musharaf represents a large segment of Public opinion in Pakistan and his views about certain aspects are generally shared by a large body of people in India.
    Argument about PM not being able to come to Pakistan somewhat similar to one about Dalai Lama living in India. The US, one may be sure, would not chose to deny Visa to President & General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Recommend

  • Real Prince
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:51PM

    PERVEZ MUSHARRAF KI JAI HO ! Don’t worry PM, the rejection was made by some lower cadre staff. They’ll revise the decision in a while. However, your decision to avoid India could prove harmful in the long-run because sooner or later your party will make it(yes, the time is coming) and that’s when you’ll have to escalate the peace process. Win the hearts of Indians in the meanwhile by regularly visiting India.Recommend

  • Dec 5, 2010 - 6:52PM

    Dear Mr. Pervaiz Musharraf. Never mind if India has denied you visa. Its their right. But it is wrong to say that you will never visit India. Tomorrow you may (InshaAllah) become the President or Prime Minister of Pakistan. You may be required to make an official visit to India. You are entering politics and in politics no word is final. One should not be so rigid. One should be flexible. ” Speak kindly to People”, ” Forgive if someone asks your forgiveness “. ( I am a 70 year old person and feel that I have a right to advise you. I require your e-mail address as I have some long talk to talk to you which I cannot write on a public forum). God Bless you.
    My name is: M. A. BAQIRecommend

  • Ammar Abbasi
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:56PM

    I feel the indian media is afraid of you confronting them openly as you are a very straight forward and bold Leader.Your views on issues be it Kargil war or the Kashmir issues are the same as they were from the day one and indian media is also well aware of these facts.Indians lack the confidence to face you probably as you also quoted the same thing in one of your notes …. !Recommend

  • naseer
    Dec 5, 2010 - 9:42PM

    Bad of the Indian Govt. to deny Visa to a leader of the status of PM; impaired the promotion of amity, good will and dialogue in the subcontinennt; step retrogressive; not appreciable by the people in India and in the World. Musharaf represents a large segment of Public opinion in Pakistan and his views about certain aspects are generally shared by a large body of people in India.
    Argument about PM not being able to come to Pakistan somewhat similar to one about Dalai Lama living in India. The US, one may be sure, would not chose to deny Visa to President & General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

    The momentary action of the Indian Government should not impel any one certainly not PM to say that he would not visit India ever again.That would subvert aspirations of people of India and Pakistan who have an ardent hope of better and friendly relations and termination of distrust and acrimony. Recommend

  • Farzana jabbar
    Dec 5, 2010 - 9:52PM

    but GEN sahib why should we keep this enemity …why not to stop this and work on the progress of people ,on education,better life ,happiness,peace,why we want india to be our enemy ……..why not concentrate to develop the country …why not …Gen musharaf ……Recommend

  • Rabia Sharafat
    Dec 5, 2010 - 11:31PM

    Keep your words in mind, Mr. Musharraf. infect, we, Pakistanis, are silly and duffer that we offer and give response to all positively.Recommend

  • Sikandar
    Dec 6, 2010 - 12:15AM

    all those who brag that India is silly by not providing Visa to mushy, I am surprised —jokers you will never improve “WHEN pakistan DOES NOT WANT HIM WHERE HE WAS THE HEAD OF STATE’

    You expect India to do otherwise. funny eh!

    India is very matured. Recommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 11:05AM

    Musharaf you are a great leader i love you we want you i mean all Pakistan and specialy Chitral peopleRecommend

  • hassan
    Dec 6, 2010 - 1:53PM

    Pride comes before a fallRecommend

  • parvez
    Dec 6, 2010 - 2:45PM

    Classic Musharraf bluster, most unworthy of a statesman – which apparently he is not.Recommend

  • coco
    Dec 6, 2010 - 2:57PM

    I hope Musharraf doesnt get visa to anywhere in the world. This is nothing. He deserves much more.Recommend

  • Analyser
    Dec 6, 2010 - 3:15PM

    Boo hoo!Recommend

  • Basharat
    Dec 6, 2010 - 8:56PM

    Truth always prevails. Musharaf speaks from his soul. A man of integrity, will and truth. India claims to be a secular state, a power in the horizons of East, but scared off like a mickey mouse from truth. God bless Musharaf.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Dec 6, 2010 - 9:45PM

    Well Gen Musharraf leave the visit part, dont even look towards India ever. The Indian govt has realised the folly of inviting you three times before but you continued to be arrogant and didnt even apologise or acknowledge the two most un-forgiveable blunders namely Kargil war and supporting militancy despite giving several assurances to India. In both cases your policies misfired. In the first case your army suffered yet another humilating defeat at the hands of Indian army and in the second case Pakistan is greatly suffering from the same terrorists who were trained against its neighbour.
    I may advise you to visit your country first where hot reception awaits you. However good luck to you. Recommend

  • Swati
    Dec 6, 2010 - 9:45PM

    @Kashif

    Pakistan First— No its actually second in the world: Second most dangerous place !!!Recommend

  • Anam
    Dec 7, 2010 - 11:23AM

    One of the most epic line fits here ” Frankly my dear, i don’t give a damn ”
    Love from India to Musharraf.

    This man needs a reality check .. like honestly!Recommend

  • shoukat khan
    Dec 7, 2010 - 11:19PM

    If any body want to know y the Indian refused to give him visa just watch on you tube his last 2 visits to India and his last 2 press conferences.he grilled Indians very well with truth. Recommend

  • Sabeer
    Dec 8, 2010 - 5:41PM

    Now now.. all you Musharaf bashers.. at work again? Seriously.. don’t you guys get tired of it? Get a life.. or get bonked! You people need it bad..

    So apparently… by churning stuff out like this, you only end up showing your true selves. They say.. give respect to get respect. Maybe that’s why you’re being talked about like this? Take a deep breath..

    The guy is a former head of our state. He is an EX COAS. And you still keep on badmouthing him like he’s a friend from 6th grade.

    I’d say even if he’s the worst scum alive on Earth, he STILL demands respect because of the positions he’s held and because of the good deeds he’s done. No.. I’m not going to count them AGAIN. Heck, I’m even willing to respect Zardari for that matter.. no matter what he is and how sad the fact is, he’s still occupying the presidency.

    So let’s first look within ourselves before pointing at ourselves. Act mature. Act educated. Act CIVILIZED!
    Pakistan First!Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2010 - 11:34AM

    Musharaf is great. We wish him to be the President and Visit Dushanbe the Capital of Tajikistan as the head of state of PakistanRecommend

  • Farid Ahmed
    Dec 16, 2010 - 12:35AM

    All Indians should read this carefully, Musharaf will come and conquer!! Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 17, 2010 - 5:57PM

    musharraf remains great, indians are afraid of facing him. even now when he is not in power. just like cowardly englishmen were afraid of sultan tipu even after his death.Recommend

  • naseer
    Dec 18, 2010 - 9:21AM

    It is just the time that India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh stop the fuss and work for economic cooperation and development. Recommend

  • aq tahir
    Dec 27, 2010 - 7:26PM

    salute to the great leader. sir we love to see you the president of pakistan. pakistan needs you a lot. and really please give the replies who so ever comments on your leadership. thanks Recommend

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