After taking over as the Chief Executive of Pakistan on Oct 12, 1999, Gen Pervez Musharraf took the responsibility of steering Pakistan clear from the brink of economic and societal disaster.
His top most priority at that time was to establish good governance along with fiscal and economic discipline.
He replaced institutional heads with professionals of high credence. One of his closest associates was assigned the task to develop a system for local governance who devised a meticulous system having endless possibilities for communal development.
The ministry of trade and commerce flourished under Musharraf’s able guidance.
Financial discipline was brought about by one of his key aides who later became prime minister and represented Pakistan at many economic forums.
A renowned scientist was invited to lead the ministry of Science and Technology.
An educationist from the province of Balochistan was handpicked to establish her credence at national and later at the international level under his able leadership.
His other team members and close associates also played a pivotal role in making governance a success and make him stand out as a true leader.
Later, Musharraf provided full support to the democratic governments at national and local levels and ensure the establishment of democratic norms.
After the establishment of good governance standards, he started working towards the development of a soft image of Pakistan.
He established cultural academies to further his vision of a cultured and civilised Pakistan.
It was his capabilities that played a pivotal role in the establishment of regional stability and development of international relations between Pakistan and other states.
His era was ultimately a true reflection of his rich cultured personality.
SALMA MUMTAZ Karachi