Musharraf did it

Everyone wants him to quit as Cheif Of Pakistan’s Army, he finally did it.

As rumor has it, Mushi was considered as a man standing on two boats…and was expected to join one, by becoming a Civilian President. Today Gen. Kayyani took over his place and he finally got retired himself from the Army.

May Allah keep our country in safe hands!!!

32 Comments so far

  1. Bilal (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

    Musharraf has gotten himself elected as President by a selected rubber-stamp parliament, after demolishing a budding independent Judiciary, amending the Constitution by ordinance ad nauseum, and now becoming a “civilianized” martial law administer.

    Since we, the people, the ordinary citizens, have been deemed little more than cattle and goats, at best, this can be described as a most cruel, shameful and hollow victory for Musharraf.

    Shame on him!

  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    That means he seizes to be the most powerful man in Pakistan…

  3. aaxz (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Your a writer for Lahore Metblogs. Not the Pakistan Emergency times..act like it

  4. stephen (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    I pray that this leads to an easing in tensions and
    that God allows a fresh path for Pakistan.. I hope to visit Lahore this winter. I enjoy reading your blog a great mix of street life and politics. God bless all in Lahore!

  5. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    Musharaf didn’t do it – he was forced by the current circumstances to make this happen.

  6. mansur (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    They say Kiani is as pro-western as Mush is, and that Kiani will most likely follow through with Mush’s policies. So nothing really changes if all this is true. Anyone knows much about Kiani?

  7. ALIVEPAKISTAN.COM (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    Yes, he did not do this. He still want to have both of the seats but current situation does not allow him.

  8. suh (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

    well he is the best leader we have ever had and may he continue to lead pakistan and prosper it.
    pakistan needs him.

  9. V (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    The authors are NOT on your payroll and are NOT answerable to you for anything, so stop acting like a jerk!

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve read one thing about Kiyani, that, he was the only person who kept his silence when Iftikhar Ch. was summoned to Rawalpindi before the reference episode.

  11. Sayeed (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    Mushy should get a salute of 1000 spits from common people of pakistan on his retirement.
    Goron ka chamcha (indian mentality)

    Kiyani seems like a good person, hopefully he will kick musharrafs butt out of pakistan.

  12. KAMI (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    Well done Mush!! So far so good!! You have done more for this country than the fools will ever understand.

    The self righteous believe that a country like Pakistan can be run by talking all the right stuff on the media and dodging tough decisions.
    When you took power, few here realize that we were bankrupt, our finance minister had to beg the Chinese to pay our IMF instalments, we were like a indebted relative that nobody wants to meet. The subsequent Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Govts had crippled our financial institutions, the banks were running after cab drivers to get back their money, while the big wigs had fled. There was no end to financial scandals, organized raids on the courts and the abduction of journalists and political opponents – Free media didn’t existed.To add to above our right wing religious zealots mentored by General Hamid Gul were about to take control of our nuclear assets, they perhaps needed one more posting.

    The list goes on, yes you have made mistakes and made some bad decisions but at the same time you never dodged the bullet and took responsibility for all your actions. What people don’t realize that there was a time when the youth of this country had only two viable options become a doctor or engineer. Even these two career paths were diminishing fast and there was a massive brain drain. Now the youth have god knows how many carrier options and even our expats are coming back to contribute, even they are finding viable avenues suiting their expertise. Yes there is inflation in food items spurned on by rising fuel and commodity prices world wide and our in-efficient wadera based agriculture, but that is something that this nation has to tackle objectively.

    Yes you have put this country on the path of economic well being and good governance. Yes you have encouraged institutional development to achieve democratic goal s of this country, but few realize that they have to give it time. The mis-place and misguided movement by the judges and the lawyers serves no purpose. In fact it gives the window of opportunity to the corrupt politicians who are perfectly capable of wrecking what has been achieved in couple of years, hence cannot be given a free hand. Somebody else has to hold the key of the treasure and ensure continuity, therefore, you are still needed.

  13. king_faisal (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm


    well said. below are links to two graphs which indicate the extent of turn around under musharraf. the first graph shows performance of pakistani rupee in the decade of democracy. the next graph shows the value of rupee under musharraf. bottomline, if pak had stayed in the path it had been on in the nineties, our country would be ranked somewhere between afghanistan and bangladesh.



    opposition against musharraf is driven by jehadi supporters who finally are getting the comeuppance at the hands of pak army. these jehadi supporters have suddenly discovered the joys of jeffersonian democracy though in reality, even saudi arabia is too liberal for mullah nut-jobs.

    musharraf had two choices. (i) he could have stuck his head in the sand and pretended no problem existed in pak (ii) he could have confronted extermist as well as nationalist terrorists. musharfaf to his credit adapted the difficult path and he should be rewarded for the bravery instead of being castigated. his disappearence is what jehadi lovers want and nothing would make them happy than to have musharraf’s head on a pike.

  14. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    Musharraf took the right decisions for Pakistan, and the Pakistani public will understand if it thinks rationally and has the courage to call evil evil.

    Terrorists are evil and should be killed.

  15. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

    @stephen: THanx for reading LMB and liking our mix posts.

    @Mansur: Mushi said in his speech today that he knows Kiani for last twenty years, so ..he is mush’s buddy. …we can make rest of the story :)

  16. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm
  17. Nedved (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 12:11 am

    @ KING_FAiSAL the performace of rupee has been linked to USD since 2001 cuz our smart ass aziz sahab pegged it with the USD since 2001 and converted all our reserves in USD, before that we had 50% reserve in Euros.

    Musharraf has been the worst for our economy in real terms!

  18. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    I do not care much who stays and who leaves, i just want to see Pakistan’s prosperity, BUS.

  19. Nedved (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 1:03 am

    @ pretty simple
    So do we all, but not possible with mushy around.

  20. Nedved (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    Can you guys believe it, tommorow is india vs pakistan match and no one seems interested
    mushy has demoralise the whole nation! No passion even for a india pakistan cricket match!
    can u believe it can’t be worse. i mean it doesn’t matter who wins BUT the passion??

    Thats the biggest problem of dictators, no one wants someone like that a*s**** nasim asharf as chairman of the cricket board, he is totally distroying cricket in pakistan but he is still there!!!!!!!! no one can do anything.
    A friend of mushy likes cricket and just like this he is made the chairman of PCB.doesn’t matter if he knows anything about it or not.

  21. Bangash (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 3:20 am


    Pakistan’s rupee has stabilized at 60 to the dollar thanks to a strong economy, the foreign exchange reserves are also at $13 billion, as opposed to $900 million when Musharraf took over.

    Those are facts which show economic progress.

  22. Sam (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    Pakistan’s rupee has stabilized at 60 to the dollar thanks to a strong economy?? who told you Bangash

  23. Nedved (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    People here who say economy has improved since mushy came in power are either misguiding people or know nothing about economy.
    Economy is not judged by foreign reserve or other stupid things mushy says, state of economy of any country is judged by standard of living of people.And standard of living can be seen by per capita income (in monetary terms).

    When mushy came our per capita was 650 USD(india’s was 625)and now its 1050 USD, which mushy claims to be a achievement but its a failure in real terms.World average per capita income was 1200 USD in 1999 and now its 3200 USD and that’s basically cuz of quadrupling of all the major commodities in the world. So we were better of (more purchasing power)in 1999 with 650 USD than 1050 USD right now.

    We have under performed big time compared to rest of the world.All during the 90’s (democratic period)we were keeping up with the world and progressing.

    Plus remember we have rented out our army (3000+ soldier dead) for 15 billion USD, don’t know where all that money has gone.

  24. suh (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    musharraf is the best thing to have happened to pakistan,

    mr NEDVEV, no matter what you say, ppp has gone alot better then it was before musharraf came.
    and your figures are wrong, ppp was at 350 not 650.
    today it has more then trippled, it is a massive achivement.

    more facts

    [b]Forex Reserves[/b] went from $1 billion to $16 billion
    [b]Tax revenues[/b] went from $5 billion to $15 billion
    [b]FDI[/b] went from $0.7billion to $8.4 billion
    Remittances[/b] went from $0.5 billion to $5 billion
    [b]GDP[/b] went from $70 billion to $140 billion, DOUBLING
    [b]GDP Growth rates [/b]went from 3% to 7% (8% before earthquake 2005)

    the economy is all about the gdp and it has exploded in pakistan meaning pakistan is moving towards prosperity.


  25. Sam (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    In a stunning article on aid to Pakistan during the Bush administration, Craig Cohen and Derek Chollet demonstrated the disastrous nature of this militarised approach — even before the tottering Musharraf regime’s latest crackdown. They show that even though Pakistan faces huge problems of poverty, population, and environment, 75 percent of the $10 billion in US aid has gone to the Pakistani military, ostensibly to reimburse Pakistan for its contribution to the “war on terror,” and to help it buy F-16s and other weapons systems.

    Another 16 percent went straight to the Pakistani budget, no questions asked. That left less than 10 percent for development and humanitarian assistance. Annual US aid for education in Pakistan has amounted to just $64 million, or $1.16 per school-aged child.

  26. Nedved (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm


    U didn’t get my point

  27. KAMI (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    Please don’t even try to compare the 90’s from today. It was loot maar of the lowest kind. Can anybody tell why the subsequent BB / Nawaz govt were appointing Bank Presidents even before announcing there cabinets? To name a few Younus Dalia, yunus Habib, Shaukat something, Tajamul Hussain and the list goes on, because these folks opened the flood gates for them. State Bank was hapless to stop the rot. Other institutions like NDFC, ADBp etc were also driven to ground. We also saw the most muddy privatization process and the advent of the Korean firms getting un-usual share in every thing. You guys forgot the monumental Yellow Cab scheme and loan distribution to MNA’s / MPA’s. In fact it was the norm to get hold of the right MNA if you wanted to get a Bank loan , which of course you were not required to pay back.
    Also, not to mention the Textile quota scam, the navy subs, cotacna, plot grabbing and the list goes on. Every national asset was up for loot. Strangely enough there were no Suo Motto’s either, by God we have short memories.

    In contrast now I see, State Bank autonomous and all powerful, financial institutions in competent hands, great strides in telecom and industrial sectors, higher education getting the lime light, universities getting un-heard of funds and actually undertaking well funded research projects. I see a plumber, electrician, thaley wala carrying a cell phone and going about his business. Yes this period has been mainly about recovery and building the infrastructure, now investors are lining up from China to middle east and Europe to invest in long term projects like Refinaries, Ports and even dairy farming. So we need to hold the boat steady, progress towards democracy, poverty eradication and other high ideals. Yes, there have been mistakes made, priorities not rightly set, so point them out and pressurise the govt to do more. Why commit Suo Motto Hara Kirri, cripple your institutions, demoralize the nation / millitary and needlessly invite chaos?

    As for how American aid is being spent, even they admit that Pakistan has used it to modernize its military more so for conventional warfare rather than anti-terrorist operations. As for Waziristan operations Mush has also said that the solution is political as well as military, but what our political parties who have influence in the area do? …..Blackmail! What were they doing when Lal Masjid was unfolding? ….sitting in London and giving politically correct statements, waiting to take advantage. Now they claim to be all righteous.

  28. stephen (unregistered) on December 1st, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    as a ‘left coast’ american i can only watch with naive eyes.. i’ve traveled india many times and once to lahore.. i hope to return this winter.. to discern where is the best path, not just for pakistan but the globe.. the lines of nation states are thinning.. the problems with ruling power ‘families’ is in every country.. look at it here without bush/clinton where would politics be the last 10 years?

    everywhere the chance is for people to raise their gaze from their own ego driven vision and see what’s obviously best for all.. basic things like access to water, food, education..

    as an artist/poet i’ve tried to figure it out my whole life.. at least now instead of believe cnn i can read writings from real people with real perspectives!

    may the people of pakistan heal their divisions, same with the people of america.. the world is watching what happens, if pakistan rises free to include all it’s citizens and march into the future it could be a lesson for the west to learn..
    Ram Jana
    good luck!

  29. Opee (unregistered) on December 1st, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    .. thanks stephen. We, really appreciate it! Awesome insight!

  30. Nedved (unregistered) on December 1st, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    Rightly said! for a nation to survive and prosper u only need a good supply of water, food and human development (maybe unity to)thats it. Everything else comes with it if we are willing to.

    People here don’t understand that the problem is not political dynasties.Democracy is the only way forward, people sooner or later will bring in the right rulers.People literate or illiterate will always finally decide the right thing.

  31. Cheebz (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 5:45 am

    Just a question.. WHAT IS DEMOCRACY???

    its a red label from US and UK of this “superficial” way of ruling the country where everyone has a say… UMMM.. but how often do we get our say in US, UK, Australia, NZ etc??? only every 4 years i remember??

    Democracy is an ideaology which is used to force poor countries into listning to western demands… Do they ever go to Saudi and tell em.. ur not democratic.. change ur system.. NO.. coz Saudi is strong.. and can reply back pretty nicely..

    So please get over this democracy.. a politician will always have greed for power.. its them first then the country.. a person under democracy never wants to come into power for the good of the people of the nation.. ther is always some hiden agenda, quite often its power or business..

    Further.. All i know is the only senior government official to come to NZ has been Musharaf. and there has been great work being done by the Pakistan high commision here. very active guy.. further I went to this conference 4 years ago.. where there was no pakistani. and this time ther was a lecturer sent by govt to represent pakistan at the conference..

    sO m a full out musharaf supporter.. even in international news.. we have pakistan politics full on.. only few otehr countries have this privilage..

    allah hafiz..

  32. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    cheebo: Not a bad approach. thanx for sharing.

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