Archive for February, 2010

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Musharraf hints at return to Pakistan politics

February 16, 2010

LONDON (AFP) – Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf hinted at a return to politics in his homeland on Monday, saying he would “do anything for Pakistan” but the voters there must decide.

“I love my country and I would do anything for Pakistan,” the retired general, who was replaced last year in elections after nine years as president, told a meeting at the Chatham House think-tank in London.

He added: “For Pakistan one would be prepared to do anything. However, it is for the people of Pakistan who need to decide.”

Musharraf joked that, “I’m a civilian now, I’m not a military man, I cannot take over anything,” a reference to his seizure of power, while army chief, from elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999.

“I have to come through the political process, through the process of elections. But I think it’s very good — it’s very good because I think I will have that legitimacy which I never had,” he said.

Musharraf did not say if he has decided to return to Pakistan to face trial over his 2007 detention of judges as he attempted to cling to power.

He had imposed a state of emergency and sacked about 60 judges on November 3, 2007 when the Supreme Court appeared poised to declare him ineligible to contest a presidential election while in military uniform.

Source: Yahoo News

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Connector of the Day: Pervez Musharraf

February 12, 2010

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is becoming one of the biggest stars on Facebook.

His personal Facebook page has more than 127,000 fans and he regularly answers questions and posts status updates.

Musharraf swept to power in 1999 in a bloodless coup, removing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and appointing himself president in 2001, while remaining the head of the military.

Considered an ally by the United States in the fight against Islamic extremists in the region, he was criticized for impeding democratic elections in 2008 – including delaying the elections, suspending the country’s constitution, restricting the media and having political protesters arrested.

Ultimately, the pro-Musharraf party – Muslim League-Q – finished third in the voting and he stepped down only after the ruling coalition announced it would seek to impeach him.

Musharraf, speaking on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” last May, said he wishes the current government well and that he “would be the happiest person” if the nation deals well with threats such as the growing political and martial strength of the Taliban.

We want to know what you think. What would you like to ask the former Pakistani leader?

Source: CNN’s Blog

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A Petition to show support for President Musharraf

February 11, 2010

Come Back Sir. Pervez Mushrraf

Background (Preamble):

This is a petition drawn up in light of the recent events in Pakistan.. Through this petition ordinary Pakistanis make an impassioned plea to President Musharraf to Come Back!

As ordinary Pakistani Citizens it is heartbreaking to see that political Parties such as PML(N) and PPP back in power. It is these same people whose previous rule was characterised by intense corruption, mismanagement and dazzling incompetence. They looted and plundered the country.

Nawaz Sharif’s incompetent government and PPP’s corruption left Pakistan in a dismal state. Thus prior to Musharraf’s debut on the stage of Pakistani politics in 1999,

* The country was almost bankrupt;
* Pakistan was on the verge of being declared a “failed” and “terrorist” nation;
* It was listed as being the second most corrupt nation in the world (the first being Nigeria)

During President Musharraf’s rule Pakistan’s economy was seen unprecedented growth. Corruption was at an all time low and large-scale development was taking place all over Pakistan, with a significant amount of construction going on in Karachi and areas of Baluchistan. Moreover, Musharraf is the only leader of Pakistan who taken a strong stance against religious extremism.

This is a crucial stage in Pakistan’s history and we need Musharraf to help us through this phase. We, the people of Pakistan are sick and tired of seeing our national wealth looted and our country mismanaged by incompetent and satanic politicians.

Petition:

Sir. Pervez Musharraf, please come back in politics, we need you to look after our nation.

You have navigated Pakistan through many difficult times and have always emerged victorious, by the Grace of God. You are in our prayers and your efforts are not forgotten. Please do not let corrupt politicians ruin years of hard work.

We end with the following supplication from the Quran:

“You give the kingdom to whom You will,
and You take the kingdom from whom You will,
and You endue with honour whom You will,
and You humiliate whom You will.
In Your Hand is the good.
Verily, You are Able to do all things.” [3: 26]

We ask The Almighty to bestow upon Sir. Pervez Mushrraf His Mercy and look after him in whatever path He would have him tread.

Long Live Pakistan and Long Live Sir. Musharraf!

Pakistan Zindabad!

Source: Please fill in the Petition at The True Democracy

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President Musharraf (2007) vs ‘Elected Democracy’ (2009) – A comparison

February 10, 2010

“President Musharraf (2007) vs ‘Elected Democracy’ (2009) –  A comparison” as given by ‘Kamran Khan Show’ on 09th february 2010

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