Man behind the leader
Given is a rare glimpse of the man behind the leader.
Q: Where were you born?
A: In a Haveli, situated in Mohallah Kacha Saad Ullah in Old Delhi
Q: What are your favorite sports?
A: Tennis and Swimming
Q: Are there any special foods that you enjoy?
A: Dahi Phulki, Kheer, and Daal
Q: What music do you enjoy listening to?
A: Old songs and popular ghazals. Favorite artists include Mehdi Hasan, Naheed Akhtar and Mehnaz
Q: What are your views about your mother?
A: She is a strong-willed personality but extremely loving
Q: Tell us about your wife
A: She is balanced, sober and well read; in fact, she is a voracious reader. She is religious but moderate in thought
Q: How many children do you have?
Two – a boy and a girl. Ayla and Bilal are well-educated, modest, and affectionate
Q: Do you enjoy art and who is your favorite artist?
A: Ismail Gulgee is an all-time favorite
Q: Which book have you read recently and really enjoyed?
A: Leaders by Richard Nixon
Q: Who is your favorite sportsman?
Q: Who are your favorite leaders?
A: Quaid-e-Azam and Ayub Khan
Q: You enjoy travelling … which is your favorite city?
A: Istanbul, Turkey
Q: What sort of clothes do you like to wear?
A: No specific brands, just well-stitched clothes from anywhere
Q: Which leader has impressed you?
A: Lee Kwan Yew
Q: What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?
Discovering the involvement of Dr. AQ Khan in the nuclear proliferation scandal
Q: What was the most memorable event in your life?
A: October 12, 1999
Q: Your saddest moment?
A: The death of my father
Q: Which event turned your life around?
A: Becoming Army Chief
Q: What do you do to relax?
A: I enjoy sports, playing bridge, and listening to music
Q: What, in your opinion, was a major event in Pakistan’s history?
A: 1971 – the separation of Bangladesh, which was a tragic event
Q: Are family values important to you?
A: The respect of elders is what I consider a primary family value, and the homogeneity of family is also extremely important
Q: What does being a Pakistani mean to you?
A: I take pride in being a Pakistani, and therefore get upset when I see Pakistan being projected negatively
Q: What was your most thrilling adventure?
A: A physical land-slide in Chanoti