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Pervez Musharraf Rejects Western-style Democracy in Pakistan

Posted by on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:52
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Deeming a democracy based on Western models as impractical in Pakistan, former military ruler Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf Tuesday said the South Asian country would be better off with a form of majority rule that agreed to its environment/circumstances, media reported.

Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf

“You want to impose your kind of democracy in every country, but I’m afraid this is not a pragmatic approach. Every nation has a set of its unique problems and relevant circumstances, and every country should act accordingly,” he said while talking to BBC’s Stephen Sackur in his programme HardTalk.

The former dictator said he himself strongly believed in democracy, but in Pakistan a London- or US-style democracy just won’t work.

“We should be democratic. We do believe in democracy but we should model it around the Pakistani environment,” said he.

During the interview Musharraf claimed the baseless treason allegations leveled against him were nothing but political victimization.

“These politicized charges are a figment of my rivals’ imagination. I have only been made a target of vengeance, but I believe justice will prevail,” he said.

To a question about giving a greenlight to US drone strikes in Pakistan, he said,” I said (yes) once, while during my time there were approximately nine drone attacks. I am only talking about one occasion — we did not have much time and there was evidence (leading) to a major terrorist group, so we gave permission for (the) strike.

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