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Musharraf got ‘poor’ reception: PML-N

Published Mar 25, 2013 06:45am

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses supporters outside the airport upon his arrival in Karachi on March 24, 2013. - Photo by AFP
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses supporters outside the airport upon his arrival in Karachi on March 24, 2013.—Photo by AFP

LAHORE: PML-N central leader Muhammad Mehdi has termed reception of former army ruler Pervez Musharraf disappointing.

Talking to a group of reporters here on Sunday, he said the ‘disappointing’ reception accorded to Gen (retired) Musharraf indicated that the masses were aware enough to differentiate between dictatorship and democracy.

He recalled that thousands of people had thronged the Islamabad airport to receive Nawaz Sharif and had endured baton charge and tear gas by the then Musharraf regime back on Sept 10, 2007.

Whereas the party of dictator Musharraf was given a free hand but it could not mange to assemble more than a few hundred people to receive its leader at the Karachi airport.

The PML-N leader also gave credit to his party for the outgoing parliament’s refusal to validate Musharraf’s Nov 3, 2007 ‘mini martial law’ and blocking the way of Kerry Lugar Bill as well as approval of a ‘flawed’ accountability law by the National Assembly.

Referring to the performance of Punjab government, he said it worked wonders in the fields of education, health and communications as it opened medical colleges in remote areas like Dera Ghazi Khan.

Replying to a question, he said the PTI failed to make even that big show it had managed on Oct 30, 2011. He termed Imran Khan’s supporters a fan club that could not form a political party and would disperse on the very first failure in the electoral contest.

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Comments (39) Closed

Mar 25, 2013 01:52am
PTI fan club, hahaha, a good phrase, I like it.
Mar 25, 2013 02:16am
pakistan loves musharraf and his fans abrod. he has 800k supporters on facebook. the media is trying to shut him down, the same media he gave freedom too. who is nawaz/ he is a kurrupt bald headed thief who stole from pakistan. i rather take a dictator where pakistan prospered vs democracy where its a warzone in karachi. the corrupt current govt denit mushraf his rights to have jalsa on quaid-e-azam mazaar, that is NOT true democracy.
Mar 25, 2013 02:20am
Mar 25, 2013 02:30am
He is another culprit.? He better keep quiet if he has dignity.
Mar 25, 2013 02:32am
When I cam to Pakistan, I took a taxi home-now no one said a word. At the airport, they just checked my passport and did not even welcomed me home.
Mar 25, 2013 02:45am
Needless comment; the 'poor reception' should be obvious to all by the numbers and also how things play out in the next several weeks.
Syed A, Zafar USA
Mar 25, 2013 03:11am
PMLN and its leaders live in fools paradise. Shareef brothers must be thankful to Musharraf for letting them back in Pakistan in the higher interest of the nation, reconciliation and harmony between parties and most importantly to start a fresh democratic process in Pakistan. The problem is the lack of true leadership, arrogance and sincerity in PMLN leaders. They are nothing but raised agents of right wing religious extremists in my opinion. They are simply lucky to be back in power 3rd time due to extra judicial help and support, just because they managed to reinstate CJ and his buddy justices through mob politics. They are also lucky that they are not chased by the current judiciary for corruption and other illegal activities as it did with recent Zardari government. It is unfortunate that majority of our masses is illiterate and brain washed by right wing religious extremists and their media and they can not differentiate between thugs and the leaders. If they did they must have known that their hero (Zia) was also in uniform, he declared emergency, violated constitution and democratic/civil norms and gave Pakistan nothing but extremism/terrorism, but since he served the interests of right extremists, he was made hero. When it came to Musharraf, they became bias for many reasons like, he was not born in the land of pure, he did not speak Punjabi and his last name was not waraich, chaudhry or khan. What if Mr. Musharraf have served the interests of religious extremists too, like Zia did? Would not he be their hero and ruling now? Although I do not like Musharraf as much I used to, because of a personal and unbelievable experience with him and some of his cronies in Pakistan and Dubai, but I will not be fair with him, if I discard his loyalty and services to our nation. He is the only one in my opinion, who can save Pakistan but for that he should keep away from appeasers/misleaders who are not only hurting his new born party but also his loyal party members/friends leaving him almost every day because of his cronies.
Ahsanullah Syed, City of Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Mar 25, 2013 03:28am
Musharraf is still eyes of educated Pakistan nation and he did not steal nation's money and filled overseas accounts. There is a reason for God to create hell fire and am sure Inshallah these corrupt will be used with severe punishment.
Mar 25, 2013 04:27am
Where is "tiger Nawaz Sharif"'s response to Mush's arrival?
Mar 25, 2013 04:40am
If you see the video of his arrival at the airport, there were no one to receive him, other then the couple of hundred of his paid supporters. These useless leaders must realize that the Pakistan have changed now
Faran Ali
Mar 25, 2013 04:51am
You should have seen his convoy.. he got all the due respect. I am happy that he is back but i know he wont get into the power corridors :(
Hanif Bhaty
Mar 25, 2013 05:41am
Mar 25, 2013 06:04am
Pervez M.. His days over.. 8 years enough. but perhaps lust of power. never let it go. Pervez M thinks he is some kind of super hero.. reality is PML. NAWAZ hates him and most of the party bearers.. Judiciary can not be sympathic to Pervez M either. Bughti tribe and its heir will not forgive him either.. Taliban tola is waiting in line to avenge their grudge. Lal Masjid burkha brigade will not forget and perhaps planning next move.. PPP can not have soft corner for him either. How in the world. with so many adversaries Pervez M thinks he can return and be able to govern.. Perhaps he has gone sinile.. Ops those long lists of judicial cases..warrants. murder trials etc.. List is just too long.. If he can survive all those judicary jugernots.. his best chance to be. an appointment for ambassador to Turkey.. he speaks and understand Turkey.. the best he could in the remaining days for his country.. Good luck.. Nothing personal..
Mar 25, 2013 08:47am
What did you expect to hear from the PML(N) guy other than what he said!!. From now onwards til election, all of ones rivals will be everything that is bad and unholy.
Mar 25, 2013 09:23am
Exactly the response I expected from PMLN. They don't remember that when Musharraf took the control of the country, people were dancing on the streets and distributing sweets. I am not sure who will be in power but I just hope, for the sake of the country, it is not PPP or PMLN, as we have seen enough of these two parties.
Mar 25, 2013 09:26am
Mar 25, 2013 09:27am
Couldn't agree more. Musharraf did make a lot of genuine mistakes BUT economy was never as strong as during his days. Having been involved in the finance industry for over 20 years I had never seen Pakistan being mentioned as "the choice investment country". Shame it didn't last as long as it should have.
Mar 25, 2013 11:03am
Lets forget about the whole list that you mentioned, personally do you feel he is good for the country. i think opinion of people on the ground is much different than the once commenting.
Mar 25, 2013 11:12am
It is saddening to see the quality of english written in this paper which claims to be Pakistan's leading english daily. Even a matric student can manage better grammar than this.
Agha Ata (USA)
Mar 25, 2013 12:25pm
Are you crazy? :)
Mar 25, 2013 01:01pm
If this writer is in fact a teacher, then God save this country. Is this how a teacher expresses? Sentences with no verbs? In the eleven lines there are about half a dozen spelling errors. Sir/Madam, Turkey is a country and not a language, I hope you are not an English language teacher. Hopefully you have more proficiency in the subject you teach than the language you express yourself in. Nothing personal!
Mar 25, 2013 01:16pm
A teacher? Must be a teacher of poor English! Nothing personal. Turkey is a country not a language. Sentences have to have verbs. Words should be spelled correctly. It is not embarrassing to use dictionary to check spellings. With word processors you just turn on the spell check, and the job is done. Nothing personal. When I was in St. Patrick's High School, in the fifties, the teachers always insisted upon reading and re-reading what the students have written. It is a good practice to catch one's own mistakes.
Mar 25, 2013 01:26pm
All major problems facing my country today are the result of Musharraf's doings. Did'nt he sell this land on one call from Colin Powel? What he did to the judiciary will remain a black spot on the country's history. He ruled because he had the power of the army behind him; he was never a leader. He blows his own trumpet but his speeches/interviews betrays his hollowness of vision. His final abode is Dubai.
Imran Masood
Mar 25, 2013 02:04pm
He is not brave. The lust to rule the country is greater than the fear.
Imran Masood
Mar 25, 2013 02:06pm
800k supporters on facebook!!!! Pakistan population in more than 180 millions. His supporters are not more than 1% of the population.
Mar 25, 2013 03:35pm
Oh yes Pakistan is changed alright, for the worse right? People of Pakistan feel much safer now that they get killed almost every day. They don't have to worry about food as there is a shortage of it so why worry, Off course they are also able to have quality time with their families since there is a great effort from the government to make sure that there is little or no energy and lack of job availability to go out of one's house to work. Thanks to the PPP and PMLN for making sure that we have the above conditions and the opposite as what Musharraf had when he was in power. I will take such democracy over a dictator any day where I am feeling for my life and honor, no food, no job and off course no recourse to lodge any of my issues with the thugs running or have been running the country. All I can say is SHAME ON YOU.
Mar 25, 2013 04:55pm
@NINO u can enjoy the rest of ur life living in prosperity under Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.....
Mar 25, 2013 06:10pm
and you think Zardari and Nawaz are better for the country? Things have only gotten worse and they will get worse if Nawazoo comes into power. At least with Musharaf we had some economic activity.
Mar 25, 2013 08:02pm
I really don't care too much as to how many enemies he has. The only question to ask is IS HE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY?
Ubaid Niaz
Mar 25, 2013 10:25pm
lol u truly proved ur nickname right :P in terms of ur ideas, and dear fellas, whats so wrong if he/she didnt use verbs and all, still u manage to absorb the gist, right?? c'mon its not a language class, and you should atleast get rid of ur whining and finger pointing attitude, frankly this is one of the biggest reason we never make decent progress that we keep on trying to prove we r this and we r that, you should have space and courage to accept others views and don't try to ridicule anyone, its quite possible such person's circumstances are different than yours, so stop making a fuss outta it and Grow Up!
Md Imran
Mar 25, 2013 10:56pm
First Mian Nawaz Sharrif came back from London, then mohtarma Benazir Bhutto came back from London, then Imran Khan decided to stay away from London for a while, then Tahir ul Qadri sahib came back from Toronto and now Musharraf is back from London. Easiest solution would be to move our parliament and senate to London.
Mar 25, 2013 11:51pm
Not mine! But,then,I am India-educated!
richard headson
Mar 26, 2013 12:31am
Goes to show the type of people supporting Nawaz clan !!
richard headson
Mar 26, 2013 12:34am
Sir I don't know what you teach ..but it better not be Inglush.
richard headson
Mar 26, 2013 12:37am
The last I remember tigers are extinct in butty gate , Lahore.
Khurram Merza
Mar 26, 2013 03:51am
Dear hyderphd74. "One's" is contractual. "Ones" is possessive. You should have used the latter. Get your ducks in a row before you start correcting others.
Mar 26, 2013 07:12am
Just imagine the tens of thousands of people at the reception of NS, had he decided to come to Karachi other than Lahore!!.
Syed A, Zafar USA
Mar 26, 2013 03:23pm
Dear Richard, I am saddened too, but not because a Pakistani who is born and raised in Pakistan can't write in proper English, but because of block minded people like you, who by name seems English by birth, is ignorant and does not want to understand that there is no shame in trying to communicate in English language which happened to be internationally used language due to English expansionism/rule in the world. In my opinion the commentator (teacher) who made some mistakes in writing English is not only more educated and qualified than you but also he knows more than one language. By the way how many languages except body language do you know? Come out of your well and think about what is important for a reader, the content of a writing or the poor language in which the opinion is written. What if a person like you could write in Shakespearian style English but does not know how and what makes sense? Open up your mind, start respecting/learning others language, their point of view and stop imposing new form of colonialism on others. Can you write few lines in Urdu, Hindi, Arabic etc correctly, if not why not? Just for your information, I disagree from teacher's point of view but not because of his poor English. Please read my comments. I hope you understand my point view and do not make it an ego issue. Understanding another's point of view is sure proof of your open mind. Take it easy please.
Mar 26, 2013 10:44pm
Gen Musharraf is lucky that he is alive and free.I do not think either Pakistani Taliban or other radical Islamic groups including Alqueda view him favorably and for Americans it is a mistary that he did not know about obl living under his nose in he should stop pretending he is a champion of Democracy as we all know he dismantled it.

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