Pakistani President Musharraf ends visit to NorwayAugust 5, 2009
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has ended his two-day official visit to Norway, and returns home Wednesday. Tuesday evening the President was guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Norwegian government. In a lecture at the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Tuesday, President Musharraf criticized the US attack on a village in northern Pakistan on January 13th.
– Only Pakistani forces can fight in Pakistan. This I have made quite clear to the US, Musharraf said.
He saw himself as a reformer who took over power in Pakistan because the Paksitani society was on the brink of collapse.
– Democracy never functioned in Pakistan. My aim is to form a sustainable democracy through giving power to the local society, to the women and to the minorities, through a free press and a sharing of power, President Musharraf said.
The visitor has been met several times during his visit by demonstrators who criticised Musharraf’s rule in Pakistan.