Musharraf supports calls for ‘change’


Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf Tuesday supported the demand for ‘change’ and urged the US not to interfere in Pakistan’s internal politics.

Giving an interview to a private news channel, Musharraf said “change must come before elections”.

The former president said that he has never seen protests as large and continuous as the ones currently being held in Islamabad.

“Tahirul Qadri is asking for change. Imran Khan is asking for the audit of ballot papers and fair elections,” he said.

“There is no doubt that there was rigging in the elections. People will come out into streets in there is no justice and no improvement in people’s lives,” he stressed, adding that all levels of Pakistani society are represented in these protests.

On democracy, the former dictator said: “I am a strong believer in democracy, genuine democracy. This is not real democracy. Real democracy is how you perform after being elected.”

“You have to bring about socio-economic development. Democracy is not an end by itself. It is a means to an end, which is the welfare of the masses,” he said.

The former army chief said that Pakistan is not Iraq, adding: “As long as the army is playing its role in stabilizing the country, (there is) no chance of the country breaking. Nobody should have any doubt on the army’s ability to defend the country and keep it together.”


  1. Always had Great respect for General Pervez Musharraf.
    With everything that is going on in our country,this is proof that what ever he was doing
    Was correct.
    He was trying to remove those poeple who were trying to ruin Pakistan.
    Good Luck to him.

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