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.

Updated Jan 16, 2013 07:37am

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istiaque hossain
Jan 16, 2013 09:20am
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
Amer
Jan 16, 2013 09:13am
One man's meat is another man's poison.....so 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
Jan 16, 2013 09:19am
Sorry, who is Musharaff? A figure from our modern history? A blast from the past and there he must remain.
Farhan
Jan 16, 2013 09:16am
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
Emir
Jan 16, 2013 08:50am
Musharraf whether people like him or they don't, was an asset for Pakistan and it's people.
M.Kamran
Jan 16, 2013 09:11am
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
Jan 16, 2013 08:32am
Tiger, we love to hear from you. Your mother land is calling you. It is time for you to server her.
khan
Jan 16, 2013 09:08am
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 choor..so is our army...seems like Zardari ne Ishfaq Kayani ko paisay khilanay band kar diye and here is qadri to take over..
Athar Durrani
Jan 18, 2013 06:28am
Yes he should come.. The Courts are also calling him. I wonder whats holding him back ;).
Om
Jan 16, 2013 08:43am
Musharraf Pakistan needs you...
asif
Jan 16, 2013 08:46am
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
Jan 16, 2013 09:05am
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
Jan 16, 2013 08:52am
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
Jan 16, 2013 08:39am
Don't think the Indians want Musharaff to return because he has too much influence with a certain faction inside the Pentagon.
Nawaz Ali
Jan 16, 2013 09:48am
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.
awakening
Jan 16, 2013 08:38am
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...
Sam
Jan 16, 2013 08:38am
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
Jan 16, 2013 09:39am
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
Jan 16, 2013 08:35am
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
Jan 16, 2013 10:40am
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.
Fuad
Jan 16, 2013 06:28pm
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?
Abid
Jan 16, 2013 04:21pm
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.
khanm
Jan 16, 2013 11:16am
Off course Musharraf declares Qadri’s long march a success after all once he was his mentor.
A. Aziz
Jan 16, 2013 11:04am
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!
khalidmurad1
Jan 16, 2013 06:13pm
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
Jan 16, 2013 05:58pm
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.
Farooq
Jan 16, 2013 12:34pm
an asset we are ashamed of
Sumaira
Jan 16, 2013 11:29am
Musharaf Sahab plz come back to pakistan and save our country.
A. Aziz
Jan 16, 2013 12:26pm
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
Marina
Jan 16, 2013 11:36am
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.
vijay
Jan 16, 2013 12:03pm
Doesn't matter now.
A. Aziz
Jan 16, 2013 11:52am
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.
sajjidzeeshan
Jan 16, 2013 04:56pm
Pervez Musharraf was 100 times better leader then these current lot.
Wadia S.
Jan 16, 2013 04:05pm
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.
IMRAN
Jan 16, 2013 12:07pm
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?
Fuad
Jan 16, 2013 04:38pm
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
Akram
Jan 16, 2013 04:41pm
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.
moon
Jan 17, 2013 09:42am
God helps Pakistani and he will helps Musharraf and Qadri’s mission
Akram
Jan 16, 2013 04:47pm
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.
IMRAN
Jan 16, 2013 12:12pm
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
Jan 16, 2013 12:13pm
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
Jan 16, 2013 12:15pm
Mr. Musharraf is only the person who can save Pakistan, please come back and lead the nation.
Ahmed Iqbal
Jan 17, 2013 07:50pm
its first time in Pakistan history, we've ended our march peacefully, so its time to impalement new improvements on our election system.
Mohsin
Jan 16, 2013 01:02pm
Musharraf was a true statesman, an excellent representative and the best ruler Pakistan had in a long time.
Omar
Jan 16, 2013 08:56pm
A great leader. Too good for Pakistan.
Farhan
Jan 16, 2013 03:02pm
Only ALLAH can save this country.... so pray for Pakistan
goodcitizen
Jan 16, 2013 02:58pm
Stay where you are and shame on you.
Hussain Zubair
Jan 16, 2013 08:35pm
demands of qadri sb is realy good for the nation of pakistan
Waddia S.
Jan 16, 2013 08:29pm
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
Jan 16, 2013 09:31am
No matter what anyboday says but Mush made counrty proud in world interm of global reconization
Omair Shakil
Jan 17, 2013 04:13pm
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.
Khalilhr
Jan 16, 2013 02:02pm
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
Jan 16, 2013 02:02pm
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.
kash
Jan 16, 2013 07:42am
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
Bbbb
Jan 16, 2013 07:51am
What is the criteria of success?
Adnan Manzoor (@adnanmanzoor)
Jan 16, 2013 07:56am
So finally cat is coming out of the bag..
mkhan
Jan 16, 2013 02:35pm
These corrupt leaders won't let him come back.
vijay
Jan 16, 2013 08:06am
Musharaff is fishing in troubled waters
Cyrus Howell
Jan 16, 2013 08:33am
"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
imran
Jan 16, 2013 08:25am
Why don't you join Qadri Sir?
Nihal Cassim
Jan 16, 2013 08:28am
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.