Musharraf Will Be Remembered For…

Kargil Operation

Coup d’ etat in 1998


Shaukat Aziz

Receiving famous Telephone call after 9/11

Chaudhary Shujaat as Prime Minister

His forgotten promise about laying off uniform in 2004

17th Amendment

Controlling Opposition

Agra Summit


Operation to get rid of Bugti

Steel Mills Venture

Deposition of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary

Freeing and Curbing of Media

Freehand to Police for beating civil activist, lawyers and political workers

Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid Operation

Price hikes, Hoarding and Load Shedding

North Waziristan Operation

PCO and Emergency

Presidential Elections in Uniform

Laying off of Uniform

Announcement of Elections 2008

And he is still there, so the list is open.

19 thoughts on “Musharraf Will Be Remembered For…”

  1. 🙂 I shall quickly address Mr. Ghumman’s and Mr. Akhter’s comment and proceed towards Mr. Lakhani’s more mature attempt at furthering the debate.

    Mr. Ghumman, this discussion is by no means baseless as proposed by your comment. Whether a discussion is baseless or not is determined by its participants, the subject under debate, and the facts available to tell the truth from the untruth. I feel that your own participation along with the rest of us clearly points to the fact that the participants do have an interest in discussing this, the subject is pertinent, and the facts are available. Therefore, only you and I can make this as baseless or basic as possible. I choose the latter.

    It appears that Mr. Akhter is unable to make a sound argument or sentence. His last sentence has an ambiguous subject referral where one cannot tell if the innocent creatures are the gentlemen he despises or the animals he refers to. Kindly make this distinction and then we may enter into debate.

    Now, coming to Mr. Lakhani’s point in question. Yes indeed, the price of land has experienced a tremendous spike in the past few years. However, I don’t view this as a negative. Most economics books and experts would reassure you that a rise in real estate prices indicates greater demand, thus greater purchasing capacity, and quite evidently a booming economy.
    The rise in prices has not stopped people from buying land. In fact, quite the opposite phenomenon is taking place. The fact of the matter is that there isn’t enough land to go around and the excessive demand is resulting in an extraordinary price hike. Don’t believe me, just visit DHA’s office and witness the chaos over files let alone existing plots. The sheer number of real estate dealers is also clear evidence of strong business. Such are the dynamics of a free market economy. Should you want the government to intervene in all affairs of the market beyond fair regulation, then I suggest that you apply for a Cuban passport or start your own socialist movement.
    I do agree that the extraordinary rise in the prices has made it very difficult for people to buy land. Having said that, this phenomenon has also resulted in a rise of value for all land, which includes land previously owned by Pakistani people. The high value of land is not just limited to DHA or new developments, if you visit any part of any city, the value of land has gone up by nearly the same percent. Lahore, for example, is nearly the same value in Samnabad, as it is in Defence when you actually go for a purchase.
    We can indulge in an extensive debate on how high real estate values are a positive indicator for a growing economy, but in the interest of keeping you interested, think about places like NYC, LONDON, TOKYO, MUMBAI etc. Where there is business, money, and potential…people want to be there. They want to own a piece of it. There isn’t enough for everyone, and thus the prices rise. Any idea how much a kanal of land costs at Mumbai or Manhattan? 🙂
    Now, about the flour shortage. There is no doubt that the shortage of flour following a bumper crop in a country that is based on an agrarian economy is a hard fact to swallow. The authorities can sugar coat it all they want but the fact is that flour was not available to the Pakistani people where there was no justifiable reason for it. Having said that, we must recognize the truth that there were a number of factors at play that resulted in this phenomenon. Poor management was one of these factors, yet it alone was not responsible.
    First things first. The government is responsible for the provision of basic staples amongst other things to its people in any respectable country. By government I mean all functionaries from on street regulators, to policy makers. Clearly, a number of them were not doing their job. These people should be reprimanded for their incompetence and lack of civic as well as professional responsibility. Therefore, I agree that if the president is to claim progress based on facts and figures, those responsible for those facts and figures must be brought to question when the facts and figures clearly reflect incompetence.
    Another key factor in this crisis was the flour mill owners. Apparently, half these so called mills don’t even physically exist and they are shams for buying wheat at government regulated rates only to be sold in the black market or for smuggling. Once again I would like to emphasis on the fact that how could this be allowed if there was proper governance and people responsible were doing their job diligently? The fact is they were not. It’s pretty obvious.
    However, I would also like to question the ethics of those people who smuggled wheat/flour to Afghanistan, India, etc. These people sold out their own countrymen. People starved while they made a few more rupees than they would have if they sold the same flour in the local market. Yes, Pakistan has the lowest price for flower or wheat in the region, but sometimes one has to conform to ethics over profit. It is just sad that these people couldn’t care less about their fellow Pakistani and his/her hunger.
    However, the sadness does not stop there. The other day I went to buy “attaa” and found that my local shopkeeper was selling it at a higher price than indicated by the government. When I realized that he was charging substantially more than government orders, I questioned him and told him that I’d report his attempt at making a quick illegal buck. He immediately cut the price to the government regulated amount. The point I hope that I have conveyed is that everyone is out there to make a quick buck and we seem to have lost a sense of ethical or moral responsibility. I would also like to highlight the fact that my questioning of the gentleman resulted in his return to temporary honestly in business. Thus, you are correct in pointing out that in a country claiming economic success, based on an agrarian economics with a bumper wheat crop, one should not be facing such issues. But the fact is my friend that we all are responsible for it at some level. We, at the end of the day, have to make it work. You and I may not be President of Pakistan anytime soon, but we are its citizens here and now. So let’s do our part. Let vote and get everyone we can to do the same. Let’s question ill doings in our country, and let’s debate its future course. Things have been far from rosy and I would be the first to admit that. But let’s do things better from here on. I don’t know what it is that you do for a living but I am sure you have friends and family as well as peers around you. Do your best to get the best out of them. If you and I just try to do our jobs honestly to the best of our ability, and we make the right choices for our future, things will get better.
    D@$n it, you made me sound like an optimist again 😛

  2. No one has mentioned the phenomenal rise in property prices(almost three hundred percent) throughout the country during the past four years. Now it is almost impossible for a common man to buy a house. Please, Fahad, tell us why there is no flour in the country despite record-breaking wheat output this year? Or is this what you mean by economic prosperity?

  3. One has to be totaly insane while praising Musharraf. I wonder sometime how one can say good things about Musharraf, Shujat, Pervez Ilahi and Shaukat Aziz. They all are dirtiest of all the creatures, can’t they be compared with pigs or dogs since doing so will be a great injustice and disrespect to these innocent creatures.

  4. am glad you enjoyed the post amberina 🙂 you are so right about people having short a memory span. I hope people remember why benazir was ousted by Mr. Laghari or what happend to all that money that Mr. Nawaz sharif took to pay back our national debt? something about “kashkol torna”…

  5. Happy to oblige 🙂

    Firstly the issue of “Economic Prosperity”,

    You can download the World Economic Outlook report 2007-2008 which provides all economic and other indicators adjusted for various values and applications from the IMF website. You can compare the figures over the last two decades and the numbers will speak for themselves.

    Here is the link:

    Human development report stats. Anyone can consult these stats at the following link.

    Human development index trends

    *tendency towards 1.0 is positive and towards 0.0 is not so positive

    Human development index, 1975 0.367

    Human development index, 1980 0.394
    Human development index, 1985 0.427

    Human development index, 1990 0.467
    Human development index, 1995 0.497

    Human development index, 2000 0.516
    Human development index, 2005 0.551

    Notice how the military eras have provided the most significant jumps in human development and they aren’t “suppose to” run the country. Food for thought. I can quote the HDRs from 1990 all the way to 2008 but that’s not the point. The point is that it clear that development has occurred at an unprecedented level during the last decade. Elected leadership, barring the last regime, has performed relatively poorly and they must do a better job this time around. If you require further clarification or details please refer to the UNDP reports which are available free online and compare the stats for each year. The facts will speak for themselves.

    Take a look around if you are in Pakistan, you can see Pakistan moving forward.

    If your require even more proof I’d be happy to provide details but it may require some reading and at least a rudimentary understanding of development economics/paradigms, political science, and of course Pakistan on your part 🙂

    About “Having the grit to take tremendous criticism and pressure and still keep going”

    It seems that either you have not had the misfortune of watching TV for the past few month or dare I say it years, or haven’t read news papers both international and/or domestic, or gone through various blogs or online comments such as your own on this very forum. Against all odds President Musharaf has managed to carry out his promises and now we stand at attempting yet another rule of democracy. It would have been easy for him to just walk away, but he chose not to do so because he believes in Pakistan, he believes in its betterment, and he is willing to do whatever it takes. You might point out that shutting down TV channels is evidence of inability to take criticism. However, you’d be mistaken. The criticism was not the reason for shutting them down. These channels were spreading hopelessness in Pakistan. Things are FAR from hopeless. The criticism on President Musharraf continues today, even after the lifting of the ban. But the code of conduct disallows half baked news that undermines the nation’s moral. It also requires an editorial board, and standards for a channel to operate. Notice how news papers and radio were not banned. These papers and radio channels belong to the same media groups who also owned the TV channels. The plain and simple fact was that the TV channels were irresponsible, ill trained, and unfair in their coverage.

    Now, coming to “Always taking the nation into confidence”,

    The President has never shied away from addressing the nation and explaining his actions to all citizens. He has addressed the nation each time a major decision is made. He is not required to do so but he did. He came on TV and provided a series of lectures to explain how and why things are being done. He opened himself to criticism and answered back with convincing detail. He has given countless interviews.
    He takes every opportunity to talk about Pakistan and his vision for it.

    I hope this information help. At this point I would like to emphasize that the things you mentioned in your earlier post are not entirely inaccurate, but they are not the entire truth either. My point remains, let’s not biased and lets all be well informed.

    Best regards

  6. It was such a pleasure to read Fahad’s comments. Yes, they are all true and more! Have we ever had such an honest, hardworking and intelligent head of state before? (besides Mr. Jinnah, ofcourse).

    Public memory is oh so short. It’s so easy to forget all the wonderful things President Musharraf and his govt. initiated and carried on. Do u remember that he began by cleaning up and desilting all the canals? This clever move improved the water supply situation at once! Education at all levels has recvd. such a boost. The common man has at last understood the importance of education and is keen to get his children educated. The private sector has been energised in this regard too – after all if we need to speed up development, we need all hands on deck. And look at the freedom the media has been given! They now need to use this freedom with responsibility and care. Some channels have a one track agenda, and that is oh so unfair! I honestly believe that our people are creative and intelligent. They understand politics and politicians, and so it is off putting to constantly listen to criticism for the sake of criticism..Give the devil his due. Has any one else done so much for the country AND been honest?

  7. Bhai Jaan, ap nay tu khasi tension lay li hai 🙂

    Ok dear, please go on and this time also give facts and figures. For example you say “Economic Prosperity”, “Having the grit to take tremendous criticism and pressure and still keep going”, “Always taking the nation into confidence”, I am ears to become informed about these among others.


  8. He will also be remembered for…

    getting rid of the corrupt and inept government of Mr. Nawaz Sharif and Party.
    Putting Pakistan first
    Bringing law and order to the country
    Establishing a developmental strategy for Pakistan

    Bringing governance to a grass root level
    Giving women an opportunity to represent themselves in national and provincial assemblies

    Lowering the age limit to 18 for voters so the youth of Pakistan can determine participate in the political process
    Requiring that all elected members of assemblies be required to have at least a BA so they can make informed decisions
    Education reforms that include scholarships, new universities, raising of wages for faculty members nationwide

    Rebuilding Pakistan’s financial reserves
    Economic Prosperity
    Rise in minimum wage
    Willfully giving up the most powerful office in the country for the greater good of Pakistan

    Providing true leadership and a national vision to work towards
    Fighting terrorism
    Job creation for all and for those who still can’t find a job there is a national internship program which provides jobs with a minimum wage of Rs. 10,000

    Making us believe in Pakistan once again
    Having the grit to take tremendous criticism and pressure and still keep going
    Always taking the nation into confidence

    Need I go on…. Don’t be biased be fair and well informed 


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