Criticizing Pakistan’s democratic system, former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf said that military rulers brought the country on the right track, but the civilian government derailed it. The former army chief added that people of Pakistan witnessed rapid development during the military government, as it was the need of the hour for them.
The retired general of the Pakistan army stressed as saying no matter if it is democracy, dictatorship, socialism, communism or kingdom, people want progress and prosperity, employment and security from the ruler. Taking an example from the history, Mr. Musharraf said that the separation of East Pakistan was the biggest loss in the history of Pakistan and then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was responsible for the fall of Dhaka in 1971. He added that Pakistan witnessed progress during the 10-year regime of Ayub Khan.
Highlighting the recent turmoil in the government, the former military chief added that people have the right to oust a government and the right can be exercised when there is check and balance in country’s constitution. It is unfortunate that people often come to the army and pleads to get rid of the civilian government. Mr. Musharraf added that he decided to take over the government on public demand.
The retired general said that constitution is a heart of any country, but at the same time, giving value to nation’s interest is important. He said that one cannot destroy the nation while protecting the Constitution. While speaking on the case slapped on him, Mr. Musharraf said that the case was filed under the article 6 and it was inappropriate. He also blamed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif maintaining a “total sale out policy” towards India.