CONNECTICUT: Criticising the ruling regime, former military ruler of Pakistan General (retired) Pervez Musharraf said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was doing ‘miserably’.
“Prime Minister of Pakistan is doing miserably,” he said on Monday while talking to journalist Bob Woodward at Yale University on US-Pakistan relations, adding, “democracy in Pakistan needs to be tailored as per our environment with a check and balance system."
He also claimed that “nobody defies the top in Pakistan armed forces."
Musharraf said that Pakistan was of special significance for the U.S.A. due to four reasons – its geography as it lies between Iran, Afghanistan, India and China; it is the strongest Muslim country; it is the only country to enjoy friendly relations with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, which is important for the U.S.A. to create harmony; and it is a frontline state fighting against terrorism.
The former Pakistan president further said that blaming Pakistan for terrorism was not right as the country was its worst sufferer.
“The U.S.A. has interests and sensitivities and same is the case with Pakistan.”
He also claimed that his regime was serious about fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants groups as it was in the interest of the country.
He further noted that it was due to the actions of U.S.-Pakistan that religious militancy was born.
“In 79, the U.S.A. wanted to stop expansion of the Soviet and Jihad was initiated unitedly by the U.S.A. and Pakistan,” he said.
Commenting on concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the former president said that if Islamabad was not worried about U.S.A.-India relations, then Washington should not get worried about growing Pakistan-China relations.