ISLAMABAD-Former president General (R) Musharraf says the current political system isn’t helping the country out.
“People have tried and tested the PPP which failed to deliver and now PML-N isn’t faring any better,” he said in an interview.
Musharraf didn’t have much hope from Imran Khan either. He said that no matter how many elections you have in Pakistan “we will eventually end up having the same people getting elected.
Musharraf was shocked after hearing the news that Sri Lanka was taking away on-arrival visa facility from Pakistanis. He was shocked to hear that and said “ab ye time aa gaya hai kay Sri Lanka hamaray saath ye kar raha hai”.
He narrated an incident during their civil war when their soldiers were trapped somewhere near the Jaffna peninsula and were under attack from LTTE. Then President Chandrika Kumaratunga called General Musharraf for help and Pakistan was prompt to send as much help as possible in the form of arms, ammunition and technical expertise to help the Sri Lankan brothers.
Musharraf joked about the appointment of Arsalan Iftikhar at the Vice Chairman of Baluchistan BOI and how a national treasure like Reqo Diq was given to him for exploitation.
His regret was overwhelming when he estimated how many millions of dollars worth of exports were to come in 2012 if Tythian Gold and Antofagasta were allowed to carry out their job. He said that he met the president of Tythian Gold in London after the annulment of the deal by Iftikhar Chaudhary and how much disappointed he was on what was going on in Pakistan.
General sb did shed some light on the Pakistan Steel deal and shared the plan of what Al Tawarqi (the winning party) was supposed to do with Pak Steel in terms of further investment and exports.
When asked was there any discussion between the then judiciary and himself before the announcement of the decision. Musharraf smiled and said thedetails (which he will not share) were shocking on ground of how much aligned Musharraf, Iftikhar Chaudhary and the Attorney General were on the pro-privatization judgement which was supposed to come. However the ultimate judgement was totally the opposite. Musharraf hinted the reason why this would have happened and he would share this in the sequel of his book “In the Line of Fire”.
The sequel of his book is very much on the cards in fact if appeared that most of the book has already been written. He said the text would be completed once the judgement of the ongoing trails especially the article 6 case is out.
He did mention that the current political system isn’t helping the country out. “People have tried and tested PPP which failed to deliver and now PML-N isn’t faring any better.” He didn’t have much hope from Imran Khan either. He said that no matter how many elections you have in Pakistan “we will eventually end up having the same people getting elected.
He believed that country desperately need some form of an interim setup for an extended period of time with a solid backing of the military.
He clearly said that the days of military coup in Pakistan are now over. He nodded his approval on the Tahirul Qadri’s movement.
He believed that till the time the madrassas have been incorporated in the modern schooling system we cant win the terror war. He proudly mentioned about some of the strict steps he took against madrassas by amending their curriculum and making them more mainstream.