Reagan was ‘biggest jihadi’ of past century: Mushahid


Senate Defence Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Tuesday termed former US president Ronald Reagan the “biggest non-Muslim jihadi” of the past century who, he claimed, had covertly injected $5 billion in undocumented military assistance to promote violence in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region.

The PML-Q secretary-general made these sarcastic remarks while addressing a seminar held on Peace building in Pakistan, organised by DANIDA and Search for Common Ground.

The seminar presented two studies on the different perceptions about conflict in Pakistan. The findings indicated, among other things, a public perception that US policies in South Asia and the Middle East instigated more conflicts than any other factor. Poverty was observed to be the number one reason for conflict while the role of media and political leadership in conflict management were also came under discussion.

In his closing remarks, Mushahid further highlighted reasons for what he believed to be “an injection of culture of violence” into Pakistan and Afghanistan region.

“The ‘Culture of Kalashnikovs’ was a ‘gift’ of the ‘joint jihad’ of the West and the Muslim World against the Soviet evil empire,” he said. In this vain, he first stressed upon the geo-political factors that trace back to the Afghan jihad days when U.S and NATO forces nurtured networks for flow of fighters and arms.

Mushahid also emphasised on Pakistan’s own political culture as being another factor. He said this political culture was characterised by political tribalism that was essentially intolerant, undemocratic and believed in zero sum games. “A particularly clannish worldview that clings to the notion of I-win, you lose which will always lead to divergent ways that sustain conflicts and violence.”

He also stated that people of Pakistan had an ingrained tolerance that was an essential part of their ethos and therefore, conflicts in Pakistan had arisen from attempts to purposefully ignite intolerance by vested interests.

“Take the example of Afghan refugees,” he said. “Pakistan is the only country in the world that has peacefully hosted such a large population for such a long time.” He also added that no sectarian clashes were ever observed in the aftermath of sectarian-targeted violence to which people responded effectively united as one community, irrespective of their diverse affiliations.


  1. His effigy should be burned in the street for selling out the Middle Class to Big Business. Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him. Did he really rid the world of commie scum? Did destroy or save our economy?

  2. Excellent point Mr. Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed. Someone had to point that out and finally, you did. Please keep up the good work and I hope you would not refrain from making this point internationally so it is well know by the rest of the world. God bless you. Thank you sir.

  3. .
    Reagan was the “biggest non-Muslim jihadi” of the past century …
    He gave us 5 billion dollars …
    So we did what he told us to do …

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