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“I’m not a dictator”, says Musharraf

Former President Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has said that to dub him as a dictator is incorrect as if he was one today the media in Pakistan would not have been enjoying freedom.

Talking to a delegation in London led by Muslim League (Q) leader Amir Muqam, the Former President added that current political of the country demands both factions of PML-Q to be united.

Khusro Bukhtiar Ijaz Durrani and Chaudhry Fawad included among the delegation, Private TV Channel reported. During the meting, overall political situation of the country, war against terrorism and regional issues were discussed in length.

The Former President said during his rule as country’s head of state he did what he think better for the country. The economy was in good shape in his tenure, he said, adding that, foreign investment was on rise and the forex reserves were soared to over 16 billion dollar.

“If I was a dictator the media would not have gotten independence in his tenure”, he said. . The Former President said he had introduced local bodies system in the country to resolve problems of masses at their door steps.

He also stressed the need of politics of reconciliation and said all political forces should work for prosperity and development of the country. He also termed his meeting with Saudi King Abdullah was a successful.

Dubbing Awami National (ANP) Party as moderate Party, he said, the terrorists had regrouped in Swat in its ongoing tenure in Government but the army operation against them had proven successful.

Terrorism and extremism was the biggest challenges being faced by Pakistan, he said. He also hosted an Iftar dinner which was attended by Former Premier Shaukat Aziz, Federal Minister for Port and Shipping, Babar Ghouri, former foreign minister Gohar Ayub, Engineer Amir Muqaam and Khusro Bukhtiar Ijaz Durrani, Chaudhry Fawad and others.

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