Washington, July 3 : Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that his life in exile was pretty great, as he travelled around the world and gave speeches to enthusiastic audiences, but added that he would nevertheless risk his life to return to his home country out of a sense of duty.
"I''m quite comfortable out living in London and Dubai and being called up by lecture circuits around the world," Musharraf said during an interview conducted by Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley.
Washington, July 3 : Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that he will return to his home country next year to help save the failing state, even as he compared his 2001 military coup to the actions of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Musharraf, during an interview conducted by Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley, defended the idea of military coups.
Washington, July 3 : Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that he tried valiantly as president to convince Iran to make peace with Israel and abandon its nuclear ambitions.
Musharraf, during an interview conducted by Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley, spoke about his 2006 "peace effort" to bring reconciliation between Israel and the Arab world.
Musharraf flew to Iran to visit President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said he tried to get Iran to pursue a path to peace with Israel, The Foreign Policy Magazine reports.
Washington, Feb 15 - Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf knew where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was hiding and said nothing, a former head of Pakistani spy agency ISI has said.
Gen. Ziauddin Khawaja -- also known as Ziauddin Butt -- was director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1997 to 1999.
Khawaja was promoted as army chief in October 1999, when then prime minister Nawaz Sharif fired Musharraf from the job.
Washington, Jan 21: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called for the unification of all Muslim League factions under the umbrella of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
Musharraf made the remark while talking to former provincial minister Iftikhar Mehmand, the Daily Times quoted a statement issued on Friday, as saying.
He said that Pakistan desperately needed a honest and responsible leadership to deal with the current challenges.
Mehmand assured Musharraf that he would play a vital role in this regard and many assembly members and district nazims were contacting him for this purpose.
Washington, Dec 12 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that winds of change have started to blow in the country, and urged the youth to end the politics of "liars and gangsters."
"Pakistan has no shortage of gas and petrol, as it is blessed with all the natural resources. Had the rulers worked honestly, there would have been no problems. The only dearth Pakistan has is the dearth of good and honest leadership," The Nation quoted Musharraf, as saying.
Washington, Dec 6 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly decided to arrive in Islamabad in January next year, instead of on March 23rd.
Keeping in view the prevailing political scenario of the country, the head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) made slight changes in his programme to land in Pakistan, the Daily Times quoted APML leader Rashid Qureshi, as saying.
He said that his new return schedule had been prepared, according to which Musharraf would land at the Lahore Airport at the end of January.
Washington, Nov 18 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is the best of the lot of politicians there.
“He (Imran Khan) means what he says. Maybe, although at times, one sees some variations in statements but, I think he means well. He is a patriotic man. So, since he has not been tested, he is, out of the lot, the best of the lot to be given a chance,” The Nation quoted Musharraf, as saying.
Washington, Nov 7 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has warned that the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would lead to Islamabad and New Delhi struggling over influence in the war-torn country.
Musharraf insisted that an unstable Afghanistan reeling from US withdrawal, with bordering Pakistan and India fighting for influence, would lead to problematic situation in the region.
Washington, Nov 7 : Former Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf has slammed Afghan President Hamid Karzai for forging a training alliance with India, saying that Islamabad had offered him similar help, which he refused.
"We've opened up all our training institutions free of cost. Come to Pakistan and we'll train you. Not one has come. What is his game?" The Express Tribune quoted Musharraf, as saying.
Washington, Nov 7 : Accusing India of trying to gain influence in Kabul after the planned US withdrawal by 2014, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has also hit out at Afghan president Hamid Karzai for "going along" with it.
"India is certainly, certainly doing that. And, unfortunately, Afghan government is going along," Musharraf told CNN Sunday in an interview when asked if he saw a new great game beginning where Pakistan and India are struggling for influence in Afghanistan.
Washington, Oct 6 : “Haqqani sahib” has no right to use Pakistani territory for wrong activities that would harm the country, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said.
Addressing a press conference in Washington DC, barely an hour after he landed in the country, Musharraf said that Pakistan’s military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was being unfairly blamed for the terror attacks in Afghanistan.
He stated that the ISI was working in Pakistan’s interests, to counter India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) tactics in the region.
Washington, Sep 8 - The biggest US mistake in the war against terrorism was to ignore Al Qaeda in Pakistan to invade Iraq after the September 2001 terror attacks and trusting then president Pervez Musharraf to "fight on our side", according to a former CIA analyst.
"This was the war that should have ended years ago," Bruce Riedel, now a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, wrote in an article on how the US enabled Al Qaeda, the terror group behind the attack.
Washington, July 22: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has vowed that if he ever rose to power again he would not do things differently, but would repeat all that he had done before.
"Whatever I did, I need to repeat it if I am back in power," the Express Tribune quoted Musharraf, as saying.
However, he confessed that he did have one regret.
"The only regret I have was on cutting a deal with Benazir Bhutto and implementing the National Reconciliation Ordinance," Musharraf said.
Benazir, according to him, violated her agreement with him to not return before the elections. (ANI)
Washington, July 22: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has defended Pakistan's military and spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), reiterating that they did not provide assistance to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
On a visit to Washington, Musharraf said that he would have known about assistance to bin Laden, who apparently moved into a house in Abbottabad during his presidency.
"I confidently and surely say that it was not complicity because I am very aware of one thing, that I didn't know, whether one believes it or not," the Dawn quoted Musharraf, as saying.