Musharraf claims he brought ‘real’ democracy to Pakistan


Former president general (r) Pervez Musharraf blatantly stated that he was the man who brought real democracy to Pakistan.

“People assume that just because there are elections, there is a democratic set-up in place,” the former dictator said in an interview with Indian media channel Zee News.

“Elections are just the beginning of democracy,” he said.

The former president said that India should start treating Pakistan as a sovereign state. “India should not ask us to submit to them, only then will it clear tensions between the two countries. And we will move forward through bilateral relations.”

Musharraf said that he would not attend incumbent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony – unlike Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did.

“I would certainly not visit India for Modi’s oath ceremony,” Musharraf said. Instead, the former dictator – who is currently facing several cases such as being tried for treason, and for the murders of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Nawab Akbar Bughti – said he would visit Modi separately after the ceremony was done with.

“I would come separately, but only to discuss substantive issues,” he stated.

Speaking about relations with former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Musharraf narrated a conversation he had with him.

“I said to him, prime minster sahib, there appears to be somebody above both of us who has veto power on our decisions,” he said. He spoke of how he told Vajpayee that they were “both being humiliated”.

Additionally, with the cricket World Cup in our midst, it was no surprise that the sport and its role in the relations between Pakistan and India would be a matter of discussion.

“Cricket diplomacy can be done in a positive and negative sense,” he said. “We should use the sport to foster better ties,” Musharraf said.


  1. Without a comprehensive foreign policy, it will be hard for Pakistan to win and promote the Kashmir issue in a positive direction as it was done in the era of Musharraf. Difference of opinion exists about Agra Summit. Some people said that we have failed to achieve any solid success but i think that was the best opportunity for Pakistan to make its position clear and resolve the ambiguities in the minds of International media about our position and point of view about Kashmir. But unfortunately today no one either Parliament nor foreign office are playing their positive role.

  2. Mr Ex. President, You had the chance of life time to do something for the Country. You missed it. Democracy has become a mob rule. Leaderships comes from schools. Democracy comes with education, tolerance, appreciation of others view. Most of all we should get the people of Pakistan from colonial way of thinking. Let the people live as free people. lot has changed from the school days. Wish you all the best in your political career.

    M Khalil Sufi

  3. Democracy deeply associated with some other attributes also and normally real democracy becomes non existent in South Asian countries usually after election process. In rural areas people prefer caste system in order to choose the candidate and selling of votes is another common practice. It does not mean that all the people are of low caliber but a lot of people even do not know about the party's manifesto before joining any political party. The world best democracies gives centuries to acquire reasonable practicable results.People who done something positive are better than those whose job ends after blaming.

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