Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf —AFP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday declared the long march led by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri a success, DawnNews reported.

“I have supported them from the beginning,” said the former president.

Qadri, who played a role in backing a military coup in 1999, has threatened to remain camped out near the federal parliament with thousands of supporters until his demands for the resignation of the government are met.

The fiery orator returned home from Canada less than a month ago to lead a call for electoral reforms to bar “corrupt politicians” from office, which has made him an instant hit among several Pakistanis disillusioned with the state.

Musharraf claimed that had he been in Kayani’s position some change or the other would have taken place in the country by now.

Moreover, Musharraf criticised the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) saying Nawaz Sharif's party also did not have the ability to resolve the country's issues.

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istiaque hossain
January 16, 2013 9:20 am
i am istiaque, from dhaka, bangladesh, i am a buisness man,i visit karachi, before 3 years, it was a pure buisness tour, My idea, PPP or Nawaz sharif, both , corrupt, pakistan need serious change, otherwise it will dificult to servive, if no change, it will be a mafia country, VOTE IMRAN< SAVE PAKISTAN
January 16, 2013 9:13 am
One man's meat is another man's we have tasted the fruits of democracy which is actually thugocracy when it comes to countries like pakistan. Without rolling a few thousand corrupt and criminal heads, there is no hope for this country. This is the last chance to carry out this surgery before the total melt down and this thing is moving faster than microcephalic intellectuals think. No offence
Rashid Sultan
January 16, 2013 9:19 am
Sorry, who is Musharaff? A figure from our modern history? A blast from the past and there he must remain.
January 16, 2013 9:16 am
Pople prefer/like/want democratic Goverment, But not the corrupted Structure on the name of Democracy. Other window is Martial Law, So why we end corruption and close the other window forever. TIME TO THINK
January 16, 2013 8:50 am
Musharraf whether people like him or they don't, was an asset for Pakistan and it's people.
January 16, 2013 9:11 am
Leaders who have not resolved the country's crisis and not brought any beneficial change to the country should be ashamed of themselves for bringing the country to such a crisis rather tah giving comments publicly. Mr.Musharaf should be punished for his crime of removing the judiciary which has led to such a turmoil in the country.He should be put on trial and jailed.
Pakistani ppl
January 16, 2013 8:32 am
Tiger, we love to hear from you. Your mother land is calling you. It is time for you to server her.
January 16, 2013 9:08 am
what exactly is this qadri guy saying in his hours of long speech? really our country need a dept of common sense. this guy has no clue, has no leadership skills, comes from another country with canadian passport and yeah saab chalay pakistan sudharnay...khud to heated container mai betha hova hai aur gharib awam ko sardi mai kharda kiya hova...pata nahi hamaray logo kab samjay ge? Qadri is nothing but a is our army...seems like Zardari ne Ishfaq Kayani ko paisay khilanay band kar diye and here is qadri to take over..
Athar Durrani
January 18, 2013 6:28 am
Yes he should come.. The Courts are also calling him. I wonder whats holding him back ;).
January 16, 2013 8:43 am
Musharraf Pakistan needs you...
January 16, 2013 8:46 am
We all suspected that after 8 years, how all of a sudden Qadri is excited to give people releif. Now, it seems its Musharaf and his Friends who must have pushed Qadri to pave the road for Musharaf. Qadri seems having dialauge with everyone, but not with Nawaz Shaif. You know very well Nawaz - Musharaf will never have a partnership.
Dr Syed Hasnain
January 16, 2013 9:05 am
The WORD DEMOCRACY, during the socalled democracy in Pakistan, has a different meaning; that a govt from the powerful, rigged by the powerful and for the rich and powerful. The word DEMOCRACY has been spoken by the corrupt politicians during the past 5 yeras more than the population of Pakistan!! Thus a Dictatorial Democracy such as by Gen Pervaiz Musharraf was 100 times better than Democratic Dictatorship by the present day socalled democratic government. I fully support General Musharaaf for his support to save the country from lawlesness, loot and plunder!! Dr. SYED HASNAIN Saudi Arabia
Syed Ahmed
January 16, 2013 8:52 am
All over Punjab and especially along the route of the Long March Musharraf's portrait was displyed alongwith that of Tahir ul Qadri. So the question now is, Who is financing Musharaff?
Cyrus Howell
January 16, 2013 8:39 am
Don't think the Indians want Musharaff to return because he has too much influence with a certain faction inside the Pentagon.
Nawaz Ali
January 16, 2013 9:48 am
This News Needs Corrections: 1) Tahir ul Qadri is not an INSTANT HIT; he has SUPPORTERS FOR MANY YEARS. 2) The supporters are NOT 'DISILLUSIONED' WITH THE 'STATE'; the word disillusioned means delivering less than expected. The supporters are fed-up. And they are fed-up with the GOVERNMENT, not with the STATE.
January 16, 2013 8:38 am
Musharaf is 100 times better than the present corrupt system, so called democarcy, what democarcy to plunder, to kill innocent, nothing is working out in PAKISTAN, its a complete failure, and the warth of ALLAH is decending now........You want Pakistan or these corrupt cronies with no ethics and moral what so ever...
January 16, 2013 8:38 am
What are the outcomes achieved thorugh this long march?Why public is again becoming fool?PTI and Qadri both are asking for revolution then why dont they join each other?
Athar Durrani
January 16, 2013 9:39 am
Whatever Qadri says and questions is not all bull all together. The democratically elected government is responsible for the worst conditions that exist today in Pakistan, but still that does not make army any pious institution. What Zia ul Haq and Musharraf did in their tenures was even worse and is still fresh in the memories of the people of Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell
January 16, 2013 8:35 am
Success is breaking through the old paint which has the window stuck, prying open the window and letting fresh air come into the room.
A. Aziz
January 16, 2013 10:40 am
During Mush era, rupee was stable, inflation was not rampant, corruption was under control, terrorism was managed, bata chori was not there, governance was there. I say he should get 8/10 for the work he did for Pakistan. Dictator or no dictator, Musharaf was an honest man and the need of the hour.
January 16, 2013 6:28 pm
they question the integrity of Pakistanis who want a change and i question there integrity. Dawn is trying to steer minds and conversations of Pakistanis away from the challenges they face towards trivial issues. Their attempts to sow discord amongst the people of Pakistan are crystal clear. Dawn I ask you on whose behest are you doing this?
January 16, 2013 4:21 pm
Musharraf a true nationalist deserves the credit of leading the country towards prosperity with strong economy. without corruption. his return to the power would be betterment of the country.
January 16, 2013 11:16 am
Off course Musharraf declares Qadri’s long march a success after all once he was his mentor.
A. Aziz
January 16, 2013 11:04 am
Well said, need good people if we need to run our country and democracy. Musharraf is good for Pakistan and should come to its aid. Country is calling you sir!
January 16, 2013 6:13 pm
In Pakistan it is hypocracy in the name of so called democracy. Musharraf cleaned up the filth created by the musical chair by BB and Gagga. Now he is the only tried honst and clean hand man, who recovered the lost prestige of Pakistan earlier and can do it again. Imran Khan really bitrayed the cause at a very critical time. I think we should not bank on him in future, he has proved to be unreliable, untrust worthy and treaturous. May Allah help Qadri Sahib.
Sultan Alvi, Canada
January 16, 2013 5:58 pm
Good observation Nihal Cassim. Dawn media group is not neutral and heavily biased against our Canadian-Pakistani leader, Dr. Tahirul Qadri. Majority of people in Pakistan (including Dawn) are unable to face the truth spoken by Dr. Qadri. May God help Pakistan. BTW, Musharraf is history, and NOT a solution to Pakistan's problems. Imran Khan and Dr. Qadri should join hands and work together to resolve these.
January 16, 2013 12:34 pm
an asset we are ashamed of
January 16, 2013 11:29 am
Musharaf Sahab plz come back to pakistan and save our country.
A. Aziz
January 16, 2013 12:26 pm
Unfortunately democracy in our country where the literacy rate is very low is not going to work. Masses will keep bringing the corrupt people, wadaras, jagirdar, in the name of kabilas, brothery, chowduries etc. Corrupt practices are rampant in election like ballot box stuffing and intimation. People can be bought over easily. Election are difficult to be free, fair and just under these circumstances and good people and technocrats do not stand any chance of winning against crore of rupees that these corrupt politician uses to bribe their way to the assembies. Let us face it, under the present scenario we will have another hung parlament, Zardari will use his mastery to to buy/make a new coliation govenment, Nawaz will be happy to play second fiddle and rule punjab, and the poor masses will have to go through another five years of gloom and doom. I dont know if Pakistan could survive another 5 years in the hand of these greedy, self serving, unpatriotic politicians. We need good, untried and educated politician to lead us out. Alas, apart from Imran Khan we dont see any one else unless Musharaf also join the fray. God bless Pakistan and long live Pakistan
January 16, 2013 11:36 am
Thats what we could expect from a power hunger opportunist like Musharaf exploiting a sensitive situation. Army should revise its selection criteria and psychological assessment tools to prevent such individuals from entering into its sacred folds.
January 16, 2013 12:03 pm
Doesn't matter now.
A. Aziz
January 16, 2013 11:52 am
You are absolutely right. Look at the assets of both these parties, they have billions of dollar stacked away in banks and properties outside. Still they are hungry for more. Look at the vote buying that is already on, one in the name of distributing laptop to students while in rural punjab there is no teachers in school and other in the name of Benazir income support program. We need to change our system, sham democracy wont work any more. Need new faces like Imran or a benevolent dictator. God bless Pakistan.
January 16, 2013 4:56 pm
Pervez Musharraf was 100 times better leader then these current lot.
Wadia S.
January 16, 2013 4:05 pm
Tahir-ul-Qadri's long march is indeed a success but we still cannot be sure if he'd be successful in implementing his chartered points. I was expecting Imran Khan to join but he didn't oppose Qadri's points in fact he joined the points of the political parties. I think Qadri should stop the protest for his own dignity and the nation's dignity and ask the government for his points in an individual manifest as a citizen. Government like that we are having today should be removed but in a moderate way.
January 16, 2013 12:07 pm
I see women on the street with Battons, I see schools closed and roads blocked. Qadri (a bearded person) is challenging the writ of the Government and it's happening in holiest of the places in Pakistan i.e, Islamabad. Last time it happened and under Musharraf, government launched a bloody operation and killed everyone (Remember: Lal Masjid, they were challenging status quo and trying to stop the spread of moral evil)..............and this time he supports them and almost imploring Army Chief to "Do Something". What am I missing?
January 16, 2013 4:38 pm
What options are left for the down trodden people of Pakistan if the corrupt leaders dont change how they run the country. Are the people supposed to suffer silently, without making their voices heard? I have seen the coverage of the long march on many national and international news channels and did not see any women with battons nor any violence. The people of Pakistan are ready to stand up for their country and their rights in the face of tyranny. I salute the men, women and children of Pakistan who are braving the bitter Islamabad cold and are unpreturbed by anything. Long Live Pakistan, Long Live the People of Pakistan
January 16, 2013 4:41 pm
why do Musharraf supporters only remember the middle years, why not the mess he made at the end? why not the mess he made in Afghanistan? why not the sacking of the Chief Justice? or the mess in his first year and the dubious way he deposed an elected government? The lawyers movement had far more public support than the army supported qadri.
January 17, 2013 9:42 am
God helps Pakistani and he will helps Musharraf and Qadri’s mission
January 16, 2013 4:47 pm
mere bhai you obviously don't understand the current loadshedding is the fault of the musharraf governments lack of planning for managing infrastructure planning. The money that should have been spent planning dams was wasted away in military operations. You can blame the current government for a great deal but the lack of power is due to musharraf's failures.
January 16, 2013 12:12 pm
Yes. Taking over the country through fire power. Declaring emergency on his own goverment. Striking deals with current Monarch of Pakistan via NRO. Makinf Pakistan Safer by making an absolute U-Turn on "Strategic Depth". Holding Farce Referendum. Killing Bugti. Lal Masjid. Sacking of Chief Justice and yes! adding million mega watts of energy during his 8 years which immediately vanished on his exit. You want that usurper of power back. He should be hanged for violating the constitution.
Sajid Aziz
January 16, 2013 12:13 pm
People argue that qadri has not come on his own and he is here on some one's else agenda and blah blah.. Well I dont really care that whose agenda is this, as long as, it coincides with the agenda of the suffering lot of pakistan. And that is: ousting the current-so called- democtratic despensation and bringing some relief to the public through some alternative setup. If this is the agenda of America or even Israel, I have no problem to give it my backing.
Irshad Ahmed
January 16, 2013 12:15 pm
Mr. Musharraf is only the person who can save Pakistan, please come back and lead the nation.
Ahmed Iqbal
January 17, 2013 7:50 pm
its first time in Pakistan history, we've ended our march peacefully, so its time to impalement new improvements on our election system.
January 16, 2013 1:02 pm
Musharraf was a true statesman, an excellent representative and the best ruler Pakistan had in a long time.
January 16, 2013 8:56 pm
A great leader. Too good for Pakistan.
January 16, 2013 3:02 pm
Only ALLAH can save this country.... so pray for Pakistan
January 16, 2013 2:58 pm
Stay where you are and shame on you.
Hussain Zubair
January 16, 2013 8:35 pm
demands of qadri sb is realy good for the nation of pakistan
Waddia S.
January 16, 2013 8:29 pm
Qadri's long march is indeed a success, but still the implementation of the four chartered points of Qadri sir is not assured or discussed by the government. I was expecting Imran Khan to join the long march, but he joined the united political parties, though in fact agreeing with the Qadri's point and asking for the safety of long march. I think Qadri sir should stop this long march because it's just humiliating his and the nation's dignity in front of the criminals. He should speak about his points, which reveal the rights of the nation today, as being an individual manifest and as a citizen of Pakistan. The government we are having today should be removed with a way of moderation. I totally agree with all Qadri's statements but I think the case should be handled with moderation, though the protestors are hundred and one percent peaceful people but we don't know anything about our "dear" government Heads' master plans.
Babar Nafees
January 16, 2013 9:31 am
No matter what anyboday says but Mush made counrty proud in world interm of global reconization
Omair Shakil
January 17, 2013 4:13 pm
Sir, thank you for selling your country for scraps and pennies. I am sure the families of all the drone victims would personally like to thank you.
January 16, 2013 2:02 pm
Musharraf is a good leader and there is no doubt that he is a hero of Pakistan. except Lal Masjid incident his regime was better and example of good governance.
Muhammad Farooq
January 16, 2013 2:02 pm
we owe so much to perverz mushrraff in terms of miseries, fanning of separatism in Baluchistan, ruins and radicalization of the country. yes he should come back and complete the mission. ppl want him back because the present government has totally disappointed the people that makes Musharraf look like a hero; still we need to continue the process of democracy, general elections after general elections so all bad guys are filtered out and we have true spirit of democracy in the country.
January 16, 2013 7:42 am
The guy is rite. Musharraf himself was a good leader but in his last year he got influenced by the Ch. Shujaat and Ch Parvez Elahi. I mean at least during his term we had hardly any loadshedding in Kallar Syedan
January 16, 2013 7:51 am
What is the criteria of success?
Adnan Manzoor (@adnanmanzoor)
January 16, 2013 7:56 am
So finally cat is coming out of the bag..
January 16, 2013 2:35 pm
These corrupt leaders won't let him come back.
January 16, 2013 8:06 am
Musharaff is fishing in troubled waters
Cyrus Howell
January 16, 2013 8:33 am
"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
January 16, 2013 8:25 am
Why don't you join Qadri Sir?
Nihal Cassim
January 16, 2013 8:28 am
Im so diappointed in Dawn's skewed reporting of the success of the long march. Here is a non political person, who has rallied peacefully and is representing the views of many. Why are you denying the Pakistani citizens their due share of fair coverage.
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