August 18th 2008 is one of the saddest days of my life and for, no doubt, so many other people who love Pakistan. Pervez Musharraf was the best thing that had ever happened to Pakistan in decades. This honest man managed Pakistan with utmost dedication, humbleness and, through his hard work, managed to transform Pakistan’s bankrupt economy into a booming and resilient economy. The economy the size of a mere $75 billion in 1999 more than doubled in less than a decade under Musharraf. In 1999 ours was a debt ridden country with around 65% of our GDP used for debt servicing. Before September 11 2001 this figure had reduced to around 55% and, thereafter, it went down to 25%, which is a perfectly acceptable level. Our economy grew consistently at the rate of over 6% annually, having become a booming economy. In 1999 our foreign reserves were a mere $700 million, whereas by 2007 they had increased to $16.4 billion. Investment was pouring into Pakistan for the first time at a fast pace. Consider the fact that in 1999 Pakistan’s foreign investment was around $300 million whereas by 2007 they had increased to around $8.4 billion. The Karachi Stock Market rose from 700 points to reach around 16, 000 points. The National revenues of Pakistan were around RS. 300 billion in 1988-1999 period and increased massively to around 1 trillion in 2007. Likewise, public sector development stood at a dismal RS. 80 billion in 1999 and increased to around RS. 520 billion in 2007. Overall, Musharraf and his team had transformed Pakistan into the 3rd fastest growing economy after those of China and India’s in 2006, being the 3rd best in banking profitability in the world, with construction activity an all time 17 years high and large scale manufacturing 30 years high.
Consider other achievements. Under Musharraf the Mirani, Subakzai and Gomalzam Dams were constructed and Mangla dam was raised, thereby doubling its capacity. Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the dry port in the border town of Sust in 2004 and work began on the constructions of canals (Katchi, Thal, Raini canals). A number of motorways have either been completed or are under construction (e.g. M1, M3, M8, M10, M11) and the same goes for a number of highways (N5, N-25, N-35, N-45, N-50, N-55, N-65, N-70, N-75, N-80, S-1, etc.). Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the Makran Coastal Highway (N-10) project in August 2001, consisting of Karachi-Gwadar, Pasni-Gwadar, and Ormara-Liari (Balochistan) Highways. The Sialkot International Airport was completed in 2007 and work began on the Ghandara International Airport (Islamabad), which is set to be completed by Dec. 2010. Gawadar Mega seaport was constructed under Musharraf and, by 2005-2006, 49 public universities were operating in Pakistan (in 1999 we had 31 public universities).
Consider briefly Pakistan’s defence: our defence exports crossed the $200 million mark for the first time in 2006 and Pakistan underwent large-scale nuclear expansion. The safety of our nuclear assets was ensured through the implementation of an excellent command and control regime overseeing them. Our armed forces, the air force and the navy were equipped with the required modern weaponry throughout Musharraf’s term in office. One example, in 2007 Pakistan Navy Ship Zarrar, the first of Multi-Role Tactical Platform (MRTP-33), was commissioned into Pakistan Navy at a ceremony at PN Dockyard.
The above are just a few of the achievements of the Musharraf government which come to mind. For more details and references for the above, please see the links at the end of this message.
How did we repay Musharraf? By voting for known liars and corrupt individuals who looted Pakistan every time they attained power to such an extent that Pakistan had almost become a failed state and a bankrupt country. The goon of our times, Nawaz Sharif, did all he could to destroy Pakistan through large-scale corruption every time he came to power. The late Benazir Bhutto did the same. What the hell is wrong with us? Were we expecting these chors and luchakas, criminals, rascals, scums of earth, the lowest of the low and scoundrels to have done something different for the fifth time? Four times previously they did nothing but corruption and presided over South East Asia’s worst governments. Were we really expecting these people to have changed their ways? Did our people really believe that bastards like Zardari and Nawaz, who have fed their children with the fruits of corruption, would have done something good for the country this time around? How many times does a man need to make a mess of things before your thick head gets it that he will quite likely make the same mistakes again, therefore, best not to give him the same responsibilities again? Are our eyes so blind? Yes, I am saying that there is a serious moral and ethical problem with MANY of our people. You can be illiterate and still know the difference between right and wrong, haram and halal. It appears that many of our people, particularly the ones who voted for the PPPP and PML-N, have lost their ethics somewhere down the line.
Imagine the unbelievable situation: known liars, looters and robbers, such as Zardari and N. Sharif, have ganged up to take revenge against an innocent, decent and humble man, Pervez Musharraf. That N. Sharif and Zardari are corrupt individuals who looted the nation is an incontrovertible fact. This is not a mere allegation. Pervez Musharraf, on the other hand, is neither a filthy rich nor a poor man. He comes from the middle-class and he still belongs to the middle-class, upper middle-class to be precise. We know of no corruption charges levelled upon him personally. Even foes acknowledge that Pervez Musharraf is completely corruption-free. Therefore, we have unchallengeable criminals and scoundrels who are now preparing a silly “charge-sheet” against a universally acknowledged honest man! Only in Pakistan can we have criminals pointing their fingers upon an innocent man and trying their best to harm him! How dare they do this even if, for arguments, their charges were accurate given the fact they broke all corruption records in the past? A criminal has no right to put on trial another criminal! And who will do the trial of these known crooks? How dare they point finger towards anyone else?
Nawaz Sharif is large and fat physically, but he is a very small man mentally. N. Sharif tried to kill Musharraf and even hand him over to Pakistan’s arch enemy, India. This was high treason by N. Sharif for which he was rightfully found guilty and convicted by the Pakistan courts. Pervez Musharraf would have been absolutely justified in demanding N. Sharif’s execution. I so wish he had demanded it. But he didn’t. Musharraf forgave N. Sharif immediately and did not seek revenge. Later, upon the request of N. Sharif’s family and their desperate appeal to the Saudi royal family, Pervez Musharraf immediately allowed N. Sharif and his family to go to Saudi Arabia and live there in unimaginable luxury and comfort. The only restriction placed upon them was that they could not participate in Pakistani politics and enter Pakistan. When N. Sharif’s “abba jee” passed away, Pervez Musharraf offered his condolences to the Sharif family personally over the phone and allowed them to enter Pakistan for the burial proceedings. Pervez Musharraf continued to grant the Sharif family access to Pakistan from time to time on various occasions, such as weddings etc. Later, when N. Sharif’s son fell ill in London, Pervez Musharraf permitted him to go to London to be with his son. So then, despite N. Sharif’s unpardonable crime of treason and the destruction of the Pakistan economy, Pervez Musharraf always remained lenient towards him. This shows the greatness of Pervez Musharraf. In sharp contrast, N. Sharif is a small man with the mindset of a disturbed child and too much arrogance stuck up his high nose (my shoe would have looked better shoved up his nose). He has nothing more than sweet petty revenge on his mind and pure blood in front of his eyes. N. Sharif is such a good Muslim that he knows nothing about forgiving, forgetting and moving on. He cannot bring himself to forgive even though he is the one who was at fault right from the outset. The country does not matter to N. Sharif. His petty revenge and vendetta comes first … all else is secondary. So then, N. Sharif, being the small petty man that he has proved himself to be, will never rest in peace unless and until he achieves his revenge even if it harms the nation immensely.
Pervez Musharraf on a number of times invited everyone, including his opponents, to sit with him on a table, to forget the past, and to work together for the benefit and interest of Pakistan. He even brought about the NRO as a move towards reconciliation. The first ones to reject Pervez Musharraf’s offer, though immediately benefitting from the NRO, were these self-proclaimed “democrats”: N. Sharif and Zardari aka 10%. Is this democracy? Nay, is this even Islam? Islam teaches that if your fellow Muslim offers you a hand in peace, then you MUST accept it and CEASE ALL HOSTILITIES immediately. In fact, even if your non-Muslim enemy offers you a peace offering, then you are obligated to accept it. So by rejecting Pervez Musharraf’s repeated peace offers, not only did these looters, losers and corrupters expose the sham nature of their “democracy” rantings, they also demonstrated how far removed from Islam they truly are.
How on earth can we accept these evil people to bring about democracy in Pakistan when there is no democracy within their parties? Their parties are family properties and this is the way they also envisage running Pakistan.
After today, I hope and pray that Nawaz Sharif and Zardari break all records of looting Pakistan this time around. We deserve it. Since we voted for these confirmed looters, then let them do what they do best: loot. We do not deserve to have good, decent, sober-minded and intelligent rulers such as Pervez Musharraf, for whom only Pakistan comes first. No, we deserve the Sharifs, the Zardaris, the Walis, the Qazis and every other incompetent dimwit and duffer we can think of. You name the idiot and we deserve him/her.
I pray that Allah Subhana Watala punishes and humiliates Nawaz Sharif, Shabaz Sharif, Zardari, Bilawal Zardari, Asfandaryar Wali, Qazi Husain, the liar Ahsan Iqbal, the weird Sherry Rahman and Fazal urRahman (and all other associated crooks) in this world and also punishes and humiliates them in the hereafter, burning them in the fire whose fuel is men and stones. I pray that Allah always protects Pervez Musharraf, his family, friends and all loved ones, grants them courage and patience and make it possible for them to live in peace and normality in Pakistan or wherever they wish to reside. Ameen.
Always your supporters…
Pervez Musharraf hameesha paindabad!