Western democracy cannot be enforced on Pakistan: Musharraf

2014-11-26 00:28:58 | Al Muslim News
Western democracy cannot be enforced on Pakistan: Musharraf

 

In an interview to the BBC, former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ruled out the practicality of a ‘western form of democracy’ in Pakistan. Speaking on the popular BBC show HARDtalk, Musharraf said that democracy should be adapted according to the Pakistani environment and circumstances. “You want to enforce your kind of democracy everywhere...this is not practical. Every nation has their own problems and circumstances, and every country should act according to its circumstances,” he said. “I myself strongly believe in democracy, but I think here in Pakistan your London- or US-like democracy cannot be implemented. “We should be democratic. We believe in democracy but we should mold it according to the Pakistani environment,” said the former army strongman, who is currently facing high treason charges in court for actions taken during his term in power. Also read: What’s next in the Musharraf treason saga... Musharraf again claimed in the BBC interview that the treason allegations against him were motivated by politics and revenge. “These charges have been manufactured and they are politically motivated in every way. These are acts of vengeance and I am the target. I have faith that truth and justice will prevail,” he said. In this photograph taken March 31, 2013, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi.—AFP/File In this photograph taken March 31, 2013, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi.—AFP/File In an interview to the BBC, former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ruled out the practicality of a ‘western form of democracy’ in Pakistan. Speaking on the popular BBC show HARDtalk, Musharraf said that democracy should be adapted according to the Pakistani environment and circumstances. “You want to enforce your kind of democracy everywhere...this is not practical. Every nation has their own problems and circumstances, and every country should act according to its circumstances,” he said. “I myself strongly believe in democracy, but I think here in Pakistan your London- or US-like democracy cannot be implemented. “We should be democratic. We believe in democracy but we should mold it according to the Pakistani environment,” said the former army strongman, who is currently facing high treason charges in court for actions taken during his term in power. Also read: What’s next in the Musharraf treason saga... Musharraf again claimed in the BBC interview that the treason allegations against him were motivated by politics and revenge. “These charges have been manufactured and they are politically motivated in every way. These are acts of vengeance and I am the target. I have faith that truth and justice will prevail,” he said. Other than the treason charges, Musharraf is also blamed for entering into a secret deal with the United States for allowing drone strikes in Pakistan. In the interview today, the former president also admitted that he had given permission for a US-led drone strike in the tribal areas during his term – an admission he has already made in earlier interviews. “I said [yes] once, while during my time there were approximately nine drone attacks. I am only talking about one time -- we did not have much time and there were clues [leading] to an important terrorist group, so we gave permission for [the] attack.” In this photograph taken March 31, 2013, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi.—AFP/File In this photograph taken March 31, 2013, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi.—AFP/File In an interview to the BBC, former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ruled out the practicality of a ‘western form of democracy’ in Pakistan. Speaking on the popular BBC show HARDtalk, Musharraf said that democracy should be adapted according to the Pakistani environment and circumstances. “You want to enforce your kind of democracy everywhere...this is not practical. Every nation has their own problems and circumstances, and every country should act according to its circumstances,” he said. “I myself strongly believe in democracy, but I think here in Pakistan your London- or US-like democracy cannot be implemented. “We should be democratic. We believe in democracy but we should mold it according to the Pakistani environment,” said the former army strongman, who is currently facing high treason charges in court for actions taken during his term in power. Also read: What’s next in the Musharraf treason saga... Musharraf again claimed in the BBC interview that the treason allegations against him were motivated by politics and revenge. “These charges have been manufactured and they are politically motivated in every way. These are acts of vengeance and I am the target. I have faith that truth and justice will prevail,” he said. Other than the treason charges, Musharraf is also blamed for entering into a secret deal with the United States for allowing drone strikes in Pakistan. In the interview today, the former president also admitted that he had given permission for a US-led drone strike in the tribal areas during his term – an admission he has already made in earlier interviews. “I said [yes] once, while during my time there were approximately nine drone attacks. I am only talking about one time -- we did not have much time and there were clues [leading] to an important terrorist group, so we gave permission for [the] attack.”.

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