President’s remarks about rape victims seeking visas

This is another uncharacteristic post and I just HAD to write something about this issue. I didn’t want to write anything about Mr. Musharraf or the government here but the remarks (if he actually made them) were outrageous and I couldn’t believe he actually said that.

During an interview with Washington Post he allegedly said that claiming to be raped was a money-making ploy for Pakistanis hoping to make money and get a visa to Canada. For more than a week or so there was no statement from him inspite of outrage and protests by people from all walks of life. Even today a protest was staged against him in New York. But finally I am a bit relieved to hear him saying on CNN that “he was wrongly quoted”.

“I’m not that silly and stupid to say this,” Musharraf told CNN’s Jonathan Mann Saturday in New York. “I never said it. Let me clearly say this. I never said it, and I’m totally misquoted.”. Read the full story here.

I was really hoping that President denies the remarks associated with him and am glad that he finally clarified this issue. it’s never too late :)

7 Comments so far

  1. KO (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 1:47 am

    Don’t be to releived – right after Musharraf denied his statement the Washington Post said it had quoted him correctly and have the video and audio of that statement also.


  2. mohummed (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 10:48 am

    President General Musharraf is a genius guy indeed . But if due 2 some reasons he quoted this statement , it doesnt mean that we should exaggerate it.After all he is always surrounded by many guys having different mindsets.


  3. Leftistoe (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 2:49 am

    I was very dissapointed to read it too. Infact I didnt beleive it till I went and read this today on the Washington Post. Continue reading article here:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/18/AR2005091800554.html?nav=rss_nation

    Musharraf Denies Rape Comments
    Recording Shows Post Article Correctly Quoted Pakistani President

    By Glenn Kessler
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, September 19, 2005; Page A12


  4. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    I think Mushi’s statement is not an issue; the issue is exploitation of raped victims by the media (locally, GEO and print media in particular). One of my teacher once said that ‘saying a right thing in a bad manner is also bad’. Perhaps, even more.


  5. Darwaish (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

    well.. he made a mistake in my view..i suspect he actually said that jus like he made some dumb remarks against Baloch tribes a few months ago(hitting them with bombs as if they were some keere makore or third rated citizens). But anyways he is too proud to apologize or something and it was the public outrage and international pressure that forced him to atleast deny it.
    Pakistan is perhaps the only country in the world where Politicians, Bureaucrats and Dictators never apologize for anything at all!


  6. Leftistoe (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 1:16 am

    What is worse is that I find a lot of pakistani guys on the internet (not metblog) coming up with lame excuses for his statement…. he said so because he had had a bad day at golf perhaps, hmm? he is the president of a country, representing pakistan and pakistanis to the world – for gods sake he should think before he blunders.

    What is beyond excuse is how, and yes unfortunately it is mostly pakistani guys again, think that rape victims should exercise some sharam and shut up about it like any decent eastern girl would have, while we continue our journey at lightening speed back into the dark ages.


  7. coolhu (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 11:35 pm

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