An open letter to Pervez Musharraf

Published: September 19, 2010

Former President Musharraf is set to return to Pakistani politics on October 1

Dear Mr Musharraf,

I am writing to you in good faith. Recently, your political activities have increased. Every Pakistani should have the right to take part in the democratic process and bring change to this country. However, it is essential that you publicly apologize to the Pakistani nation for the various blunders you made during your forced rule. Only then should you be welcomed into the political arena. You may claim to be extremely patriotic, but in my opinion, you always gave your throne more importance than Pakistan.

Firstly, there is absolutely no excuse for playing around with the constitution. You did that. You somehow justified that and got away with it. Since power was your goal, you sold Pakistan to the highly controversial ‘war of terror’. The war helped you make influential friends, but at whose cost? I know how power can blind someone, but roasting the whole country just to keep your authority intact was clearly out of line. Your policy on the Red Mosque and the murder of a Baloch leader still awaits explanation. I will not elaborate on the problems, because that is not the purpose of this letter. The purpose is to ask for a public apology.

The break  in Pakistan’s already lagging democratic process by your hijacking of the system has cost Pakistan at least a decade of planning and development. You overthrew a government that you claimed was failing. Who were you to decide? Moreover, if that government was not doing too well, a new government would have taken over once their tenure was over. But slashing the whole system and thinking that you and only you were right is certainly the wrong thought process. Removing one incompetent government and replacing it with another incompetent government of your choice was a ridiculous tactic to keep your authority. Or do you feel you did the right thing?

If you are too stubborn to accept your faults, then you are the same Mr Musharraf who chewed on the foundations of Pakistan. I, for one, will not welcome you unless you apologize loud and clear. If you think that my opinion as an individual does not count, I feel you still have the rigid mindset that helped you ruin Pakistan. My request for an apology is too reasonable to discard.

A good leader must have a vision, be popular, persuasive, intelligent, pragmatic and honest to his work. You are clearly very intelligent and competent. You have a strong personality, excellent communication skills and a moderate, progressive vision. But you used all your abilities for yourself, not Pakistan. Because of your actions, the democratic counter was set to zero, again!

Mr. Musharraf, have the courtesy to accept your faults and apologize to the nation. It will only make you a bigger person and a better candidate for any office.

Yours Sincerely.


Samir Butt

A former Youth Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Fulbright undergraduate scholar, freelance writer, public speaking trainer, IT consultant and marketing professional. He blogs at

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fahad Hussain

    @Samir…Glad we found some common ground, and I look forward to reading your Bangladesh piece…

    @ mario, Thank You! Appreciate the response, and yes I have read about Mohammad Asad. His story, among others, such as Iqbal and Liaquat Ali Khan, only serves as an unfortunate contrast to the sorry state of our current leadership.

    Completely agree with your views about compatibility issues with respect to democracy. China, for instance, is the world’s largest authoritative government, and yet they are on course to be a major global power.

    About the writing offer, writing is my passion. I would love to!

    Thanks very much once again…Recommend

  • mario

    @Fahad, thanks mate. My intention is to defend Pakistan’s image in most of the international media as we are in news nowadays for all the wrong reasons, like politics, corruption, religion, cricket, and so on. Keep in touch and flick me your email address at: [email protected] and we will discuss things further on how I can get you involved with other publications. I am at the moment very busy writing a research report for IEEE, but once I am done, I will be in touch with you. -:)Recommend

  • Noor-ul-aln Hanif

    Have u ever heard that a gov person accepts his blunders, faults?…no…if we think he will accept them then we r living in fools world nahh he will not infact he is back with his party to chew Pakistan like a chewing gum and what will ppl do…ppl vote simply yuppp dey willl… this is what is happening from ages…
    neways its good if he accepts all his faults nd blunders waiting for a positive reply from his side.Recommend

  • Samir

    Former Presid­ent Pervez Mushar­raf apologizes for his past mistak­es as he offici­ally launch­es his politi­cal party. Recommend

  • Jawwad

    @Noor-ul-ain Hanif. Please eat your words.Recommend

  • http://not sulman

    u cant do any thing alone ill tell how to face these targets i guide u i give u ideas just contect with meRecommend

  • Damian Dupont

    That’s easy, as we all have faults. I find myself in error all the time and I learn from it.

    Thanks to all !!!

    Pervez Musharraf good luck with the return. Have you considered an Aid Fund to help the
    people that lost all in the flood?Recommend

  • Nizar Mirza

    Pervez Musharaf has very bright vision and an intelligent person.

    I believe one who transfer problems into opportunities is the true leader. Pervez Musharaf is the Person who talks about transversing problems into opportunities and have did excellent role during his tenure of government. He is the great leader who all people trust, and every educated person think that he can only take the country to estability and progress. I have a list of great work he has done for our country.

    -Economic Growth Increased considerably during his tenure.
    -He has attracted international investors around the world.
    -Higher Education was promoted considerably in the country.
    -He has privatize the most corrupt institutions that are now better performing in Pakistan like PTCL.
    -He has change thought of Pakistanis by allowing war against terrorism that was promoted during the regime of Nawaz and Benazir in Past. So muslim could rethink about their ideology again.
    -He promoted Media considerably during his tenure who is making aware about every thing what happening in the country.
    There are alot of other things that he has done great for this country.

    Nawaz, Zardari all are the seller of Pakistan, who never thought about pakistan, only looted the country.

    If we see Nazaz Sharif, he has no meaning of his words what he says, he is even un capable to talk in audience and whatever he says an intellect person can think that he in mindless person. He is a fool who pay money to expert to train him how to talk in audience. How the nation can give the authority of Pakistan to this person who has even no sense of speech and even don’t have the vision of the country and nation.

    Unfortunetly he has alot of money that has looted in past from the nation and now he is using that money to buy media, laywers, politicians and some of the fool publics.

    Shame on you Nawaz Sharif.

    Pervez Musharaf zinda bad.

    Long Life Zinda bad.

    I pray to God that he blessed with much more life so that he could served the country , faced all the nonsense (nawaz,zardari and other corrupt politicians) and safe the country.


  • Aslam Zahid

    Mr. Butt I agree with you. If Mr. Musharraf publicly apologize to the Pakistani nation for the various blunders which he taken during his ruling.I m also one of them to say warm welcome to you….Recommend

  • Aslam Zahid

    Mr. Nazir Mirza sb I m not agree with you General Musharrf’s previous records showed that he have strong well power and quality of good leadership……… how can he have a bright vision. Musharraf involved Pakistani Nation in so called war on terror and believe me war on terror is the root case of problems in Pkaistan……
    Either our current democratic Gov is also not capable but due to public pressure they think before taken any decision.
    If Musharraf promoted Media but play with constitution two times and also banned Media who criticizing him.Recommend

  • Aslam Zahid

    @ mario: Thnx u so much for defending Pakistan on international forum but I think it is no easy task….But keep it keep we are all with you and our prayers are always for your success.Recommend

  • Aslam Zahid

    @Noor-ul-aln Hanif: Yeah Numbers of Political leaders accepted their faults………Nawaz sharif accepted that 1990 his Political behaviour was not good and proper… Appointment of General Musharraf as Chief of Army staff was not proper. He also apalogise on this. Aur ki chahay bhai sb….. lolzRecommend