My strength is that I don't change: Musharraf

Published: December 3, 2010
Musharraf denied allegations that he had handed any Pakistanis to any other country. PHOTO: AFP

Musharraf denied allegations that he had handed any Pakistanis to any other country. PHOTO: AFP

Former President Pervez Musharraf during an interview on Express 24/7 show ‘Faceoff with Munizae Jehangir’ said he had asked the Pakhtuns to reject al Qaeda and the Taliban after 9/11.

Musharraf denied that he had removed General Mehmood or General Usmani from their positions while also refuting that General Mehmood had relations with al Qaeda.

However, he said that he had sent religious leaders to Mullah Omar to convince him to give up Osama bin Laden.

Concerning drone strikes, the former president admitted that US drones were allowed inside Pakistan but their use was limited to surveillance only. He said that no permission was given to carry out strikes.

Musharraf also denied allegations that he had handed any Pakistanis to any other country. He said that foreign extremists were caught and returned to their countries.

On Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the retired general said ex-Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali’s allegations that Musharraf wanted to hand over Khan to the US are completely false.

He said that what Dr Khan did, damaged the image of Pakistan, while he also denied that the military was involved in nuclear deals with North Korea.

Musharraf also asserted that no Pakistani scientist or anyone else was ever interrogated by a foreign agency. He said that all interrogations were carried out by ISI and other national interrogators.

The former president said that the US should not try to micro manage affairs of Pakistan, referring to demands to go after the Haqqani network. He said that the Pakistan military knows full well how to deal with extremist groups and it should be left alone to do it on its own terms.

On relations with India, Musharraf said that he was the only man who was able to get India to discuss the Kashmir issue. He said there was a time when India would not allow the issue to be even talked about in the United Nations even.

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  • Khurram
    Dec 3, 2010 - 10:38PM

    Musharraf is a chameleon his actual strength lies in how fast he can change, as an ex-commando he is trained in adopting to whatever the changing situations and circumstances ask for survival. His statements are simply overblown rhetoric completely devoid of the truth.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Dec 3, 2010 - 10:52PM

    “My strength is that I don’t change: Musharraf”

    –> Oh, I think he did change. In 1999 he wanted to take Kashmir by force, but by 2007 he wanted CBMs and nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir. Recommend

  • Dec 3, 2010 - 11:00PM

    I wonder why Mush is known as Mr.U-Turn all over the world- hmmmm he never changes, really?Recommend

  • CCC
    Dec 4, 2010 - 12:29AM

    I am sorry but that is your weakness.

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin.Recommend

  • Q
    Dec 4, 2010 - 12:58AM

    Friends – the message has to be understood in the right context. From “I don’t change”, the ex-President has meant how he hasn’t changed as a person. He is the same down-to-earth person he used to be for his friends, family and colleagues decades ago.
    Ideas/Strategies/views may change over time. That is where adaptability comes into play. So let’s not confuse the message.
    Long Live PM.Recommend

  • khan
    Dec 4, 2010 - 1:20AM

    Dear old Fateh-Kargil, will he ever stop concocting ‘facts’ to suit himself.

    For example he now denies ‘that he had handed any Pakistanis to any other country’. In his book he has himself previously admitted that Pakistani and Afghani ‘terrorists’ had been handed over to the US in exchange US Dollar bounties. However, as I don’t suppose he personally delivered them to US agents, his statement is accurate to that limited extent. But I do wonder where the money went?Recommend

  • MI
    Dec 4, 2010 - 5:18AM

    Musharraf was, Musharraf is, and Musharraf will remain hero of Pakistan. Musharraf – the man with courage, truth, honesty and sincerity to Pakistan. He was the only one to bring India on table on Kashmir issue. Indian rulers have no courage to face Musharraf as evident from refusal of his entry to India. I do not know why they have so much fear from Musharraf.Recommend

  • hamza
    Dec 4, 2010 - 7:47AM

    the lies being spread about president musharraf are pakistanis were handed over to the US. the testimony of lt general shahid aziz is proof of this. he categorically to Geo last year that pakistan had a strict policy of not handing over pakistanis to the US. those saying his book states otherwise need to do their research. that was a clear misprint by the publisher, and the CIA acknowledged shortly after the book came out that it does NOT give money to foreign governments, but rather to individuals and informers who help. the money musharraf is referring to is just this. as for statements by khurram, do you have any evidence of this or are you another PTI or PML-N supporter? Recommend

  • Dec 4, 2010 - 10:19AM

    @MI, You are absolutely right brother. He is the only leader of international fame in the present lot. Me and lot of my Pakistani friends are waiting for his returns and ruling the country. Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Dec 4, 2010 - 10:36AM

    I’m With you My president Pervez MusharrafRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 4, 2010 - 11:12AM

    well no wonder he is the best Recommend

  • uzma subhani
    Dec 4, 2010 - 3:14PM

    my leader and my hero musharrafRecommend

  • Aqueel
    Dec 4, 2010 - 4:49PM

    Musharraf,a true great leader of Pakistan who has capability to change the the destiny of Paki nation as well as muslim world to shine.No conspiracies can hit him back instead,negetive propaganda against him will work as a positive tool to bring him back.Simply,traitors are in fear. Recommend

  • Q
    Dec 4, 2010 - 6:38PM

    Long Live PM and God Bless his supporters.Recommend

  • Masood Akhtar
    Dec 5, 2010 - 2:36AM

    Great Leader…Long live Pakistan,Long Live Musharaf!!! Recommend

  • Da.masttter mind
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:02AM

    Dear Most respectful Gen. Musharaf don’t ever confuse from such a people… as i know u are very caring about the nation which actually we don’t deserve .. The nation who even don’t know what there leader is ,actually never comes forward.. Gen.Musharaf i only know the only one thing Pakistan never got such a leader like you are …May Allah you live long n healthy life …. i only can say one thing you are the great leader…!!!!Recommend

  • Dec 5, 2010 - 6:41AM

    he is the best I’m With you My president Pervez Musharraf
    Me and lot of my Pakistani friends are waiting for his returns and ruling the country.Recommend

  • Dec 5, 2010 - 7:47AM

    I am not changed as well since I came to understand my surroundings. As a matter of fact the nature of a person never changes, but policies are, circumstances are, physics are, conditions are , environments are, economics are , politics are, etc……but the nature of the person never changes. Mr. Pervez Musharraf meant that. Now, you can assume any thing you want of it…………thanksRecommend

  • Dec 5, 2010 - 8:50AM

    i agree , he is a great leader , Pakistan needs PM back Recommend

    Dec 5, 2010 - 10:12AM

    MUSHARAF is and will alway be loyal to his nation, people from his background does not have the tendency of betraying their fellowmen, his tenure was the best ever in the histroy of Pakistan. talk about the economy, the job market, the energy sector, communication sector both tele and infrastructure were performing amazingly well. they say it all was because of 9/11, my answer to them is please remember he took the decision which brought all this to the country not these stupid politician.


    adnan Recommend

  • Kenneth
    Dec 5, 2010 - 11:03AM

    Stilll the media is after Musharraf. You can see the over acting of them in this article as well. As after posting this news on the website dozen of self made wrong and false statements which have no face and turn have been written against him. And after a day real people seen and express what is true. For God sake stop playing with our land…. Recommend

  • sera sera golf
    Dec 5, 2010 - 2:09PM

    Hail MusharafRecommend

  • azeem
    Dec 5, 2010 - 3:27PM

    A leader of class ! and we see today’s Pakistan we can only weep that people are looting nation which was economically progressing with a supreme pace under great leadership of great son of nation i.e Sir Pervaiz MusharaffRecommend

  • Ali Farooqui
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:14PM

    It is also your major weaknessRecommend

  • shahzeb
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:23PM

    Dear Sir, the very nation that expelled you with bloodlust is now whimpering and cowering under taxes, unemployment, being crushed by terrorists, despots, bureaucrats, with jobs going from those who deserve them to those who have the right political connections. The nation is under budget strains, under US and Indian pressure, there is no respite in sight, and while some of us who can escape to greener pastures abroad, the future of pakistan looks like it can only worsen with time. If you truly can save this nation, may God bless you and may you be welcomed back with open arms.Recommend

  • Naseem Arif
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:28PM

    Long Live Gen Pervez Masharraf Sir! Recommend

  • azeem
    Dec 5, 2010 - 6:41PM

    Thank you Shazed for your comments !

    You may be true ! but our economy is going down! It was up during Sir’s role. I can generate a very powerful debate with you!

    Our Rupee was aroundd 60 for whole dacade and when Sir left due to poor thinking of our people we see no value of our Rupee which no one like to do business in.


    There are millioins who love a person who considers Pakistan first. Only army is an area where a normal average Pakistani can grow and reach the heights of highest leadership status and only corrupt people can reach the highest political status by normal political party method.

    We love to see most powerful Pakistani head coming from an institution which provide chance to normal Pakistani, not like our political system which only is for corrupt people.

    I personally love the leadership of Sir Musharraf and there are millions Recommend

  • Saleem Arif Siddiqui
    Dec 5, 2010 - 7:17PM

    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

    Mr. CCC, Charles Darwin did not imply political moral and religious beliefs. What Mussaraf meant was that his political, moral and religious views do not change, he can be trusted, he is unlikely to break a promise and an understanding. About Kargil, it was an attempt to take a part of Kashmir vital to Pakistan’s interests and it was like Operation Gibralter launched by President Ayub Khan in Kashmir. Both wanted to wrest a part of or the whole of Kashmir from India. But both of them miscalculated India would never take it lying down. With Ayub Khan it led to the 1965 war and Musharraf almost a war, with President Clinton backing off India on the request of Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif finished off the dirty work initiated by Musharraf. If there was war it would have had been a nuclear war also and both the states would have been destroyed and annihalted.The Pakistan Army should realize that India is four times their size, much more powerful it is almost impossible to defeat India miltarily. Such ventures are foolhardy and should be desisted in the future.Recommend

  • Kazmi
    Dec 5, 2010 - 8:50PM

    The only honest leader Pakistan ever had ,Sir we are your supporters and your army we are waiting for your return to rid us of these crooksRecommend

  • Aftab
    Dec 5, 2010 - 9:01PM

    God bless you and God bless Pakistan……….Pakistan FirstRecommend

  • Dec 5, 2010 - 11:36PM

    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.Recommend

  • fahim ur rahman khan
    Dec 6, 2010 - 2:19AM

    president musharaf is only hope and need for save PAKISTAN and MUSLIM nation.Recommend

  • nas
    Dec 6, 2010 - 2:29AM

    your strength was Mr Bush.Recommend

  • Taha
    Dec 6, 2010 - 2:54AM

    Sir all i can say is you are the best person really wants you to be backRecommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 4:11AM

    Soon people will see musharraf’s big picture painted on the back of goods trucks and oil tankers with this couplet…’Teri yaad aai teray jaaney kay baad’.Recommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 6:40AM

    @Liza, I think you are commenting without reading the news. Sir Musharraf was invited from your Young Presidents Association in New Delhi. Obviously he will be given a topic to speak to. If the newspaper reporters ask him political questions that is another matter. Why you think he will choose India for Political speeches. He does speak any political speech only in Pakistani gatherings. Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 6, 2010 - 11:36AM

    If Israel wanted him to stay in power in Pakistan, and still wants him back… I want him out.
    Simple. Wikileaks has brought everything to light… and no one can deny its authenticity.
    Mushy was a traitor… he was going to recognise Israel as a state and also agree to dismantle our nuclear arsenal.

    Cant wait for him to come back so that we can see him getting imprisoned for life.Recommend

    Dec 6, 2010 - 12:21PM

    Sir! You r only one who will save pakistan…
    plz come back. i like you very much.Recommend

  • atif
    Dec 6, 2010 - 12:25PM

    i really like musharaf. as i think the worst form of musharaf is better than the best form of zardari and nawaz.Recommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 4:11PM

    for your kind information wikileaks is diplomatic 9/11.
    long live Musharraf,Recommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 7:14PM

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    I want you to register and vote your leader from the list (registration process will take 24hrs) for authorizing to vote, thanking for your patience but do vote your leader and participate in discussion here is the link

  • arslan
    Dec 6, 2010 - 7:16PM

    we r proud that u r birth in pakistanRecommend

  • Ozymandias
    Dec 7, 2010 - 2:33AM

    Ummm….just a small point. Where in the actual article does he say that he doesn’t change?Recommend

  • Kanishka
    Dec 7, 2010 - 6:44AM

    Democracy is not the very best of forms of governance… China is teh biggest proof of that..Rather Democracy does not work in a country that is diverse and has illiterate and poor population, cause such a population will always be hearded and mislead… Musharaff was a patriot and I feel if he was given a free hand, he would have taken pakistan to sunshine…Recommend

  • Kanishka
    Dec 7, 2010 - 6:46AM

    @Arslan… Musharraf was born in India, near New DelhiRecommend

  • Q
    Dec 7, 2010 - 11:28AM

    @ Atif – well said.Recommend

  • Zuhair
    Dec 7, 2010 - 1:39PM

    Excellent JobRecommend

  • Aftab Ch
    Dec 8, 2010 - 1:24AM

    He is the real Hero of Pakistan, May Allah bless him, AmeenRecommend

  • Noman Malik
    Dec 8, 2010 - 9:28PM

    sir country needs u u r the last hope of pakistan no one can give a genuine leader u r my leader nd u can deal with current problems that pakistan is facing u have qualties to laed this pakistan hope inshallah u wil come back nd do something for this nation Recommend

  • Saeed ur Rehman
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:18PM

    We are in very much need of your leadership. Aap aayay bohat dair say aur jaldi chalay gay. You are the only last hope for us. We love you but jo aap ka NRO tha us kay leyay hamaisha gilla rahay ga. Please come back soon and jald as jald is gandgi ko saaf karain.Recommend

  • Noman
    Dec 12, 2010 - 10:01PM

    Excellent reply “Q”!
    Totally agreed with you. Some people around us used to show their “ILMI QABLIAT” by criticizing somebody important, either just or un-just, in order to get importance.
    This attitude should be discouraged.Recommend

  • Jabbar Athar
    Dec 19, 2010 - 6:07PM

    I think a true leader do need to evolve and change in light of new information and circumstances. Those who do not change are stones. Recommend

  • Dec 19, 2010 - 6:43PM

    @Jabbar, I think Sir Musharraf meant a change in character. Change in decision as per the circumstances is necessary and I dont think he meant that. Recommend

  • Muhammad Farooq zada
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Mr. parvez musharraf i respect the cloths of army general you wear and keep one law which say talk army, walk army and do army if you will be back.Recommend

  • Dr Kamran Baluch
    Jan 14, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Change or not Change…. Musharraf is the best…we are with you… Please come back, and give us freedom from our Pharaoh like SARDARS…. baluch look to you for freedom…Recommend

  • Shah Stanikzai
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Well, I strongly believe that Musharaf was the odd person for you all but for the Pakhtoonistan region and people. No doubt he served you a lot more than any other president through out the history, but he didn’t do a thing for the Pashtoon people. I as a foreign person should admit that you all should never forget his policy for the country. He always changes and you will never know what his aim is. There are a lot more to say but I will keep it quiet with me….StanikzaiRecommend

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