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Musharraf apologises for any misdeeds

Published Dec 20, 2013 07:08am


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Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — File photo
Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on Thursday sought “forgiveness” for any wrongs he may have committed during his nine-year rule.

“Whatever I did, I did it for the country. It could be wrong but there was no bad intention in it. Even then, if someone thinks that I have committed a mistake, I seek forgiveness for it,” said an emotional Musharraf in a TV interview with ARY News, which the channel claimed was his first interview after getting bail in all cases pending against him.

Wrapped in a shawl, Gen Musharraf termed revival of the economy and tackling extremism and terrorism as the most serious challenges the country is facing.

This is for the first time that the former army chief, who ruled the country from 1999 to 2008, has offered an apology for the actions and decisions he took as the country’s president.

The former military ruler, facing treason charges for the imposition of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, said he wanted to clear himself in all cases he is facing and said that he is ready to face courts.

Gen Musharraf said that whatever he had done for the country he did it with good intentions and he was proud of that.

Gen Musharraf, who had overthrown the Nawaz Sharif government in Oct 1999, criticised the economic policies of the present PML-N government. “The beggars always get kicked wherever they go,” he said while criticising the government for approaching IMF and world donors for aid. He claimed that he had broken the begging bowl during his tenure and regretted that the present regime had once again started begging.

He asked the people to support the army and the ISI and said force should be used wherever it was needed. He also supported the idea of holding talks with Taliban.


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GM Dec 20, 2013 07:30am

It just shows the difference between him and people around him who are trying to send him to jail.

Shah Dec 20, 2013 07:59am

Well done Musharraf ... that's Mandela's legacy. You were better than present and past rulers.

captain Dec 20, 2013 08:09am

Excellent interview by lucmaan, The above news clip does not do justice to the interview. Anywho, General Musharraf rocks and he is the real hero of the country. Even Imran Khan cant speak the way the Musharraf does. Brilliant.

khan Dec 20, 2013 08:36am

I think Musharraf is in wrong country at wrong time.He is addressing the wrong audience.His voice will not be heard here at this time.Very unfortunate.He is talking to the Pakistan of probably 25th century.Go away and come back after 500 years,then probably ,you may get some support.Bye Bye

Boss ka banda Dec 20, 2013 08:58am

The BOSS is back! :)

ahmed01 Dec 20, 2013 09:00am

Although i don't like Mush, i am impressed that he has guts to apologies.

Zur Khan Dec 20, 2013 09:46am

General Musharraf back on track, wish him good luck...

Anonymous Dec 20, 2013 10:30am

Thank you Musharraf for given us a prestige and many more thing in your tenure. In fact we've to excuse with you because of our bad deeds;
You're the one who can turn the country in good position!!! Musharraf is the best....

jdshami Dec 20, 2013 10:34am

Prosecute this dictator to the max. of law/constitution. A army man has no right to rule any where. He broke the constitution and sold innocent Pakistanis for $5000 a piece and destroyed Pakistan and its institutions. He is a thug and a killer and he must be put to sleep.

asif Dec 20, 2013 10:50am

Musharraf is the real leader and hero of the nation.

N K Ali Dec 20, 2013 10:57am

Shabash! Bravo! Viva! Musharraf stand your ground and present all facts before the judges. It is good if you refuse a deal. Honor, integrity, and faith in Allah are not up for compromise. Your era of governance was marked by some backward somersaults on women, energy, KSE, and police matters, but overall it was a propitious term. Salams

Ali Aminuddin Dec 20, 2013 12:13pm

I think the greatest problem Pakistan is now facing is the lack of "food"

Ishrat salim Dec 20, 2013 01:15pm

This is first time that a leader has apologised....what he did during his rule is for all to compare with what is today during democratic era.....may Allah swt protect him...

True Pakistani Dec 20, 2013 01:27pm

The only mistake Musharraf made was to give the media a free hand.

Parvez Dec 20, 2013 01:52pm

Sorry does not make a dead man alive.

umair Dec 20, 2013 02:12pm

A true and brave leader, Pakistan has seen in decades years. Bravo !

ali khan Dec 20, 2013 03:08pm

apologies accepted Sir

Sameer H. Dec 20, 2013 03:55pm

His only achievement was the freedom of the press. Other than that he destroyed all institutions including my beloved Air Force for choosing inept and corrupt Commanders.

Zur Khan Dec 20, 2013 04:10pm

@ahmed01: that's why people like him.

Anwar Dec 20, 2013 05:41pm

I salute the great leader General (Retd.) Pervaiz Musharraf.

Anwar Dec 20, 2013 05:43pm


Nawaz Dec 20, 2013 07:06pm

At least Musharraf (who is not corrupt) has apologized for his mistakes). How many politicians have done so. Most politicians portray as if they are angels. Just listen to them on TV shows. Look back at the history of this beautiful country. Jinnah lead Pakistan initially. Ayub Khan (who also made few mistakes) took Pakistan to heights. Zulfikhar Bhutto nationalized excellent education and industrial base in Pakistan only because he wanted to be the leader. He even did not care if Pakistan split, because he wanted to rule. Roti kapra and makan? Then Zia ul Haq who took Pakistan to the pits. Then PPP and PML-N further destroyed the country. Musharraf's times was the 2nd best in Pakistan I have seen in the last 60 years. Lets be fair and have the courage to list all the bad and good each leader has done for Pakistan rather than just putting down one person. No politician is an angel. Everyone has made mistakes.Lets see who is the least corrupt and who has improved the situation of ordinary Pakistanis. Forgive and move on. We cannot afford more dramas.We need politicians to improve the economy of the country, improve educational system and eliminate corruption.

Riz Dec 20, 2013 07:13pm

@jdshami: Backup you statement with facts and figures. People like you are the main contributor in country's destruction; propagating falsehood and creating mischief. The whole world plays double face politics and that's exactly what Musharraf was doing. He was the best leader Pakistan ever had. We in West actually kept our heads high during his tenure.

immortal_soloist Dec 20, 2013 07:31pm

It takes a great man to apologise for mistakes,if any.

A genuine leader that led this nation to a golden period of prosperity and success.

This man returned to Pakistan in a situation where if anyone else were in such a situation,they would think plenty of times of returning to Pakistan.

A biased judiciary,a biased media and the ones currently in power absolutely hungry for personal vendetta against this man.

Keeping all these things in mind,one cannot help but admire sir Pervez Musharraf's bravery and honesty. Whatever he did,he did for the well being of Pakistan.He doesn't have a single corruption charge against him and he served this nation with complete honesty.

His honesty,love for the country and belief in the almighty has brought him back in to an extremely volatile environment within Pakistan. All the charges against sir Pervez Musharraf have not only been proven wrong,they have proven to be fake and politicised.

Any public figure,leader and politician would think 10 times about returning in to such an environment where there are cases against them,even if they are fake and politicised.

Knowing the conditions and regardless of the risk,sir Pervez Musharraf came back.He left his comfortable life,where he was spending his good years of retirement and giving absolutely moving speeches all around the world to return to Pakistan.

This man has received countless of standing ovations globally,yet our own people seem to be against him due to the lies of the media and anti-Pakistan elements.

The achievements of sir Pervez Musharraf are evident,obvious and clear to any sensible and truly patriotic Pakistani.

Achieving all the great things for Pakistan and then seeing it fall apart in the new regime would crush the finest of men;but this statement is certainly not true for sir Pervez Musharraf,as he decided to return to Pakistan with the spirit of serving the nation once again and taking it to even greater heights than his previous rule.

The patriotism and love that this man has for Pakistan is unconditional and if someone cannot see that,then that is truly tragic. Sir Pervez Musharraf's mother is unwell;but sir Pervez Musharraf will only return to see her once his name is cleared from all the fake and politicised charges against him.

This is certainly unconditional and honest love for Pakistan.

A genuine leader,a visionary and a humble man.

Pervez Musharraf always meant it when he said, "Pakistan First!

Gerry D'Cunha Dec 20, 2013 08:10pm

a great honest leader who could have bought the country out of the present mess - it is sad the people of pakistan gave their fate in the hands of corrupt politicians - every words of his interview had a great meaning and he hold his head high with no corruption charges on him or any of his family members.

Naeem Syed Dec 20, 2013 08:25pm

Not only are you a great General, A brave man But a Decent Human being made of all the right stuff. Your apology was made from the heart and is accepted from the Heart. I am ready to vote for you in the next election.

Saad Ahmad Shaikh Dec 20, 2013 08:39pm

great leader

Rehan Dec 20, 2013 09:08pm

Musharraf apologized for 'Unintended Mistakes or otherwise Human Error' I.e no delibeate attempt to sabotage.

Title of this news is giving the biased impression as if he has accepted some sort of crimnal guilt.

Amir Maqbool Butt Dec 20, 2013 09:58pm

There is no punishment for culprits in Pakistan. Musharaf never worry or care and even Judge award him punishment. The government will never dare to punish.

Sultan Dec 20, 2013 10:03pm

Musharraf is the only honest and competent leader in Pakistan. I salute him for everything he as a president and COAS.

Khan Bhai Dec 20, 2013 10:20pm

@Sameer H.: What are you talking about? Musharraf selected Mushaf Ali Mir as the head of Air Force and he is the real brains behind JF-17 program. Mushaf Ali Mir was among a handful of people who worked tirelessly to bring domestic aircraft industry to Pakistan ever since the 70s.

My dear Sameer you're very naive.

Ayesha Khan Dec 20, 2013 10:47pm

Mr Musharaff is a fearless person, it is not easy to apologize in public, but he has the guts to say openly that he must be excused if he made any errors unwittingly. Mr Musharaff is the only one who can represent Pakistan with dignity on global level . God bless Musharaff.

MSA Dec 20, 2013 11:18pm

It is still time that Nawaz Sharif drop all vendetta and invite Musharraf to come and help the country. But alas, Nawaz is not that wise.

Shahid Dec 21, 2013 12:44am

It seems the only leader who has made mistakes is Musharraf. What about Nawaz, Zardari, Benazir, ZiaulHaq and others - Are they angels?

Sarwat Dec 21, 2013 12:47am

Long Live Musharraf! A great visionary. I agree military has no place in politics, but when the country is not ready for one, then what do you do, who is going to run the country, somebody has to. Last time I recall nawaz and company was running the country and Pakistan was at the brink of becoming a banana republic as they had no funds left in the treasury. When Gen. Musharraf left he left $16 Billion in the treasury along with dozens of projects were either completed, or work in progress or were in pipeline. Now take a look at the whole country again on the same old track, almost bankrupt, reserves are dipping again no major projects in progress, only a slogan for youth program whatever that is and that only far and few in between will get mostly it will be a closed circle. What has Nawaz government and PPP ever did for Pakistan. We all know what they done for their personal pockets, families and friends. Musharraf was, is and will be a better leader than all of them combined.

Ahmad Munir Dec 21, 2013 01:02am

The comments on seem to be so out of sync with the majority-views in Pakistan. The military ruler Musharaff who has blood on his hands can barely win a councillor's election in Pakistan and here so many are hailing him as a great leader. needs to save itself from becoming a joke!

MK Dec 21, 2013 02:05am

i salute him.

SK Dec 21, 2013 02:08am

@jdshami: If the country is at disarray and there is no recourse for the substitute democracy and it is slipping into anarchy army has every right to step in and save the nation. Not necessarily good but second best . And sir, don't forget Musharaf's governance was much better than the previous and incumbent governments in terms of economic stability , social cohesion and political convergence. If not for few misguided political blunder he made , this nation owes him stability , progress and development, please don't forget democracy is good as far as it delivers the commons basic needs such as security, equal opportunity , and fair justice. For some nation where illiteracy is at magnanimous proportion democracy may not be a panacea .

Esmeil Dec 21, 2013 03:35am

Musharraf is an angle who came to save Pakistan in 1999 and in 2001. If Nawaz Sharif would have been the president, he would have sided with the Taliban and destroyed Pakistan!

Shahid Latif Dec 21, 2013 04:28am

A trial and punishment is becoming a reality for Musharraf. Hence a kind of apology. What happened to the commando" I am not afraid of any one"?

Fareed Dec 21, 2013 05:49am

Mr. Musharraf, your misdeeds were not misdemeanors like minor traffic violation. You committed felony by over throwing an elected government though unpopular. You shredded the constitution and for 9 years you were a dictator to the core. To stay in the power, you aligned yourself with most despicable politicians who already have deserted you. Where is your new constituency ? If you are released, better catch the first flight to London.

Syed Ahmed Dec 21, 2013 06:14am

@Anwar: No doubt about it.

Mah Dec 21, 2013 06:34am

Unfortunately Pakistanis have never appreciated the good things Musharaf did for the country. They like corrupt politicians like Zardari and Nawaz.

Bhatti Dec 21, 2013 06:36am

Punjab hanged Zulfikhar Bhutto and now they are after Musharaf.

concerned Dec 21, 2013 08:41am

Musharraf was and is much much better than A A Z and N Z.

Long live Musharraf . He was /is a great leader and bold.

Shafique Rahib Khan Dec 21, 2013 01:18pm

To err is human and to apologize is the sign of a great man. Will Nawaz Sharif and company ever dare to apologize for supporting an army dictator Gen Ziaul Haq. (SRK, Jeddah)

Shafique Rahib Khan Dec 21, 2013 03:10pm

@ahmed01: To apologize is the sign of a great leader. Mr. Nawaz Sharif and company will never dare to apologize for supporting an army dictator Gen Ziaul Haq.

tipu Dec 21, 2013 04:04pm

people who are praising this dictator are either inservice or retired army servants who are the true rulers of this country.Pak army is has this unique achievement..conquoring its country 4 times in 60 years...well done

SanityPrevails Dec 21, 2013 04:13pm

"Even then, if someone thinks that I have committed a mistake, I seek forgiveness for it" Absolutely not! He did not say that... Wrong title. Great Musharraf Zindabad

Abdullah Dec 21, 2013 05:06pm

Man of dignity

sja Dec 21, 2013 05:41pm

@Anonymous : """""Anonymous -----December 20, 2013 10:30 am---Thank you Musharraf for given us a prestige and many more thing in your tenure. In fact we've to excuse with you because of our bad deeds; You're the one who can turn the country in good position!!! Musharraf is the best....""""----------------- you may be right but after 11 years of rule in uniform he should serve Pakistan very very ANONYMOUSLY-------- for sure.

sja Dec 21, 2013 05:44pm

@Zur Khan: """why people like him"""---- because he says very often """MAIN DARTA WARTA KISSAY SAY NAHIN"""----- but ask through his super defense legal team to UN for interceding in his case against PAKISTAN.

Sailay Dec 21, 2013 10:34pm

Now that he is trapped from all sides, he gives a half hearted apology. Apologize to the mothers and fathers of children you are responsible for killing. Let justice be done. Apology is not enough. You have to pay for your crimes against humanity. If not in this world then in the hereafter, inshallah. Musharraf's Facebook fans are full force here.. That's where they exist only... Once a dictator, always a dictator.

Hammad Dec 21, 2013 11:07pm

@Ahmad Munir: His party won two seats in the assembly. At least get your facts straight

Hammad Dec 21, 2013 11:15pm

@Sameer H.:

1.Musharraf formed HEC which was named as the 8th most effective government organisation in the world by times magazine. 2.He introduced telecommunication in Pakistan especially electronic media which created thousands of jobs 3. In his tenure eight universities were formed in Baluchistan alone including an air force college. 4. He introduced the local body system in Pakistan, which is in fact true democracy. I can keep on going...

coocerned Dec 22, 2013 05:05am

@Sarwat: Fully agree

sid Dec 22, 2013 05:35am

Thats the difference between a leader and a politician. If at all mr mush was a politician he would have never said this. But he is a leader. Often talked about the way he supported US in fight against terrorism , but if he didnt pak wud have been in much worst shape.

sid Dec 22, 2013 05:35am

Thats the difference between a leader and a politician. If at all mr mush was a politician he would have never said this. But he is a leader. Often talked about the way he supported US in fight against terrorism , but if he didnt pak wud have been in much worst shape.

sja Dec 22, 2013 06:41am

""Musharraf apologises for any misdeeds"""--------------- to the nation.

And his team of lawyers ask for FORGIVENESS and Pardon from the UNITED NATIONS.

sabeeh omer Dec 22, 2013 10:40am

Indeed it takes a great man to apologize but this is not the case with Musharraf. Donned in his military uniform, with his clenched fist and arrogant voice he had in every way become a dictator. He had perhaps forgotten that "pride comes before a fall." Today he is ONLY apologetic because he sees the "loop" around his neck for all his misdeeds and if he is judged honestly. His apology clearly indicates how dear life is for him and it certainly should not be taken as repentance. Indeed if convicted, there should be no mercy!

AAK Dec 22, 2013 11:10am


AAH Dec 22, 2013 01:06pm

Politician and soldier are both ours. correct that democracy shouldn't be ever derailed for the continuation of the progress. But what to do when politicians become dictator and king shredding the laws into pieces themselves. Everybody remember well the way the then P.M moved to remove the army's CNC.

Keep praying that our judiciary always stay free, strong and active Pakistan shall surpass one day Turkey Malysia and other countries.

khan Dec 22, 2013 01:27pm

@sabeeh omer: actuelly sharif should be charged for treason. he had the power to remove musharaf but there is a procedure which is connected with national security and if not respected (as sharif did not) then liable to be charged for treason.the security of the country has priority over other rights of power. difficut to understand why overlooking this side of the case.

khan Dec 22, 2013 01:32pm

musharaf made many mistakes but he was always sincere, and this counts.

Imran Shah Dec 22, 2013 08:41pm

@Fareed: Your memory is very short. Musharraf was not in Pakistani soil when Nawaz government was overthrown. And he'll not leave Pakistan like Nawaz Sharif.

Munir Dec 22, 2013 09:28pm

Its clear that Musharaf is a good leader. He is not a politician like so many in our country. leader leads our politicians lie. It's unfortunate we do not appreciate sincere leaders. We only like our politicians. Wake up Pakistanis if we want to improve our future.

mohammed A. Sukhera (USA) Dec 22, 2013 10:02pm

Musharraf's case is being tried in the supreme court and the court will decide whether he has committed any crime by overthwing an elected cilvilian government. His apology to the nation for his misdeeds is due to the fear for his life and its too late. He ruined thousands of innocent peoples's lives by turning them over to the USA without proof of any crime for cash reward. Dr Aafia Siddiqui is one of them who was picked up by the Pakistan intelligence agency and turned over to the US. She is curently serving 86 years in US prison. It all happened during his watch.

NASAH (USA) Dec 23, 2013 06:32am

Musharraf's biggest MISTAKE was overthrowing an elected -- will he specifically apologize for that?

Ahmed Dec 23, 2013 01:23pm

He failed on all fronts -Political,economical and foriegn relations. He supported killings in Karachi during lawyer movement .More than 50 people were killed and he said "dekhi hamari taqat" .A leader is like a father to nation who forgives his children unlike Musharraf who says "Agar koi hamari baart nahin manta to us ko mon tor jawab do". Did he give such an answer to India or America -- No- Only to poor old Akbar Bugti and now he is against talks with Talibaan. He is a selfish hypocrite willing to do every thing to save and promote himself. During his 9year rule the target killing, bhata khori increased in karachi, Through Kargil adventure he turned kashmiri freedom fight into a terrorist struggle and later on he backtracked on Pakistan long term policy, No single power generation project was started during his 9 year rule ,Pakistan biggest problem" power shortage" is because of his leadership. May Almighty Allah save us from him.

Shagufta Dec 23, 2013 03:11pm

The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practise compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone

Sam Dec 23, 2013 09:23pm

@immortal_soloist: Don't expect fairness after media hype. We Pakistanis do not appreciate our benefactors.

Abdurrahman Khan Dec 23, 2013 11:17pm

Let the courts decide Mr Musharraf's verdict, what we must understand is that Mr.Musharraf's only apparent crime is his dictatorship rule that lasted 11 years.One man can not overshadow a country, a political system is solely created to avert such a scenario, If it is repeatedly abolished how can our nation ever gain a stable democratic system.For those who despise political systems and desire an army based rule , have they not seen how the world operates,have we forgotten the case with Egypt,should we still yearn for partial stability till a new phase of politics can once again begin(at a time in which the world rapidly progresses forward?), get a grip nation, your decision matters, make it matter the right way.