Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is hoping to make a big comeback someday soon – for the benefit of Pakistan and its people. Musharraf told genConnect that under his leadership, Pakistan’s economy stabilized, and the people had pride and confidence in their country, and now, “one sees a lack of confidence they suffer from. People want to leave the country – this is terrible.” Watch Musharraf talk about why he wants to lead Pakistan once again, and how to diffuse the factors that fuel terrorism:
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Those factors play a huge part in why Musharraf wants to return to Pakistan in January for the elections. The four-star general who became head of Pakistan in a military coup in 1999 before becoming president in 2001, resigned in 2008 when faced with the threat of impeachment from opposition parties. He has been living in exile ever since, as Pakistan has issued a warrant for his arrest as a “proclaimed offender” in the assassination case of former premier Benazir Bhutto.
“I know the country has potential and has the resources to stand on its feet and be a proud nation,” Musharraf said. “The country is being run into the ground.”
Musharraf hopes to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League party’s campaign in Pakistan’s 2013-scheduled elections. His cause, he added, is “bigger than myself – a cause where I am prepared to take risks for the country.”
“My vision is to have a Pakistan – moderate, progressive, dynamic country – where people are happy, living happily with their living standards improving,” he said. “That is what I would like to see.”
genConnect is credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we are interviewing the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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