It is very impressive that of all the political leaders to have been invited to speak at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, former President Pervez Musharraf was the chosen guest. Despite the fact that Musharraf no longer resides in Pakistan, he nonetheless commands great influence and relevance in national politics. Musharraf’s era stands in stark contrast to the difficult times being faced by the people of Pakistan currently. Not only is he viewed as a strong leader who understands military strategy but also has a remarkably positive and relatively stable era to show for his period of government. Today when Pakistan’s leaders exploit the country for their own personal gains and degrade its reputation on an international platform, it is refreshing to hear a man like Pervez Musharraf advocate Pakistan’s cause and brighter future, even in the darkest of times. Improving relations with India is of paramount importance if Pakistan is truly committed to improving its socioeconomic position. While the Army has, time and again, been accused of playing a double game, Musharraf’s thinking could signify somewhat of a shift in national security strategy. This will however remain marginal until the General does not return home to physically promote his agenda.
Mehrukh Khan Karachi, Pakistan