Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf comments on US aid reduction

first_imgShareDavid [email protected] Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf comments on US aid reductionGen. Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, said the U.S. government’s halting of up to $800 million of military aid to Pakistan ”Certainly it will be disastrous … if Pakistan is weakened, how do we fight terrorism? … I think it will have a negative effect on the Pakistani army, on its resources, on its capability to fight terrorism.” Musharraf made the comments while speaking tonight at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about recent developments in his country. He was responding to a question from Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian. Musharraf’s comment is available below to media outlets for news reporting.Please attribute video to Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.YouTube version via the Rice University channel is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjami_esSyE. For a high-resolution video of Musharraf’s comments, download via the Rice University Drop Box here. Claim passcode: m20Y2FH52ugb9PAkMusharraf’s presentation, “Pakistan: A Reality Check,” took place in Baker Hall on the Rice University campus in Houston. He spoke about his vision for Pakistan’s future, based on his call for “enlightened moderation” in which the country would shun extremism and embrace socio-economic liberalization in return for fair and dignified treatment by the rest of the world. The full speech will be made available Tuesday at www.bakerinstitute.org.Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup in which he cited corruption in the civilian-led government.  He ruled Pakistan through nine turbulent years that included economic reform, the U.S. military intervention in neighboring Afghanistan and a gradual restoration of civilian democracy. He survived several assassination attempts. AddThislast_img read more

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