Musharraf Bashing

Musharraf bashing has suddenly acquired a renewed hype in the media -more in the electronic than the print – eversince he announced entering into Pakistan politics. The interested parties and their cronies are busy day and night in slinging mud upon him and his ‘dictatorial’ rule of nine years. Use of negative superlatives like “not at all”, “nothing what so ever”, “ruination of the entire economy” etc. are being used profusely, incorrectly and illogically more because of a fad than fact.. Ironically, some of the saner element, intellectuals and knowledgeable too have succumbed to the propaganda and lost sight of the realilty. No doubt Musharraf made mistakes – some blunders, but to say that nothing at all positive for Pakistan was achieved by him and his regime, is unfair.
Following are, therefore, just to recount some of his achievements:- (List is a little long but please DO read if you have the heart to know real facts and are blessed with a fair conscience)
Basic comparison of 1999 and 2007
Pak Economy in 1999 was: $ 63 billion
Pak Economy in 2007 is: $ 160 billion
GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in 1999: $ 270 billion
GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in 2007: $ 475.5 billion
GDP per Capita in 1999: $ 200
GDP per Capita in 2007: $ 1000
Pak revenue collection 1999: Rs. 305 billion
Pak revenue collection 2007/08: Rs. 1002 billion
Pak Foreign reserves in 1999: $ 700 million
Pak Foreign reserves in 2007: $ 17 billion
Pak Exports in 1999: $ 7.5 billion
Pak Exports in 2007: $ 18.5 billion
Textile Exports in 1999: $ 5.5 billion
Textile Exports in 2007: $ 11.2 billion
KHI stock exchange 1999: $ 5 billion at 700 points
KHI stock exchange 2007: $ 70 billion at 15,000 points
Foreign Direct Investment in 1999: $ 1 billion
Foreign Direct Investment in 2007: $ 8.5 billion
Debt servicing 1999: 65% of GDP Debt servicing 2007: 26% of GDP Poverty level in 1999: 34% Poverty level in 2007: 24%
Literacy rate in 1999: 45% Literacy rate in 2007: 53%
Pak Development programs 1999: Rs. 80 billion
Pak Development programs 2007: Rs. 520 billion
Under Musharraf\’s vision
1. 9 world class Engineering universities being developed and 18 Public universities already developed.
2. Public sector institutions have increased from 110,267 (in 1999) to Become Private sector institutions have increased from 36,096 (in 1999) to become 81,103 (in 2006).
3. PAK is 3rd best in world Banking profitability.
4. PAK IT industry now values around $2 billion, including $1 billion exports and employs around 90,000 professionals.
5. CNG sector has attracted over $70 billion investment in last 5 years; and created 45,000 jobs.
6. Telecom sector attracted around $10 billion in investment and created above 1.3 million jobs.
7. Industrial Parks are being setup throughout the country for the first time! M3 estate, Sunder industrial estate, Chakri, etc.
8. Major Mega projects like the Saindak, Rekodiq, Marble production, Coal production and Mining & Quarrying are being pursued.
9. In 2006, GDP growth is 6%. Earlier in 1999 was 3.5%.
10. Foreign Reserves from $700 million to $17 bn.
11. KHI stock market: from 700 points to 15,000 points. 12. Literacy rate improved by 11%.
13. Poverty decreased by 10%.
14. He made 4 dams: Mirani, Subakzai, Gomalzam, Khurram, Tangi dams. Biggest of them Bhasha Started 15. 7 Motorways completed or under construction: M1, M3,M4, M8, M9, M10, M11.
16. Six major highways under construction. 17. GWADAR advance mega Sea port developed under his vision! 18. 650 km Coastal highway constructed.
19. Historic 100% increase in Tax collection of Rs 1 trillion. 20. Large scale manufacturing is 30 year high, and Construction activity is 17 year high.
21. Newly found World class copper- gold deposits in Chagai will fetch $600million per year.
22. A new Oil refinery with UAE will fetch $5 billion & will process 300,000oil barrels a day.
23. Industrial sector registered 26% growth.
24. PAK in 1999 was a $63 billion economy; and now 2006 it\’s $160 billion economy! PAK economy is now the 3rd fastest growing economy after China & India . Education under Musharraf Era
25. In 1999-2000 there were 31 Public Universities. Now 2005- 2006 there are49 Public Universities. Under Musharraf 20 NEW UNIVERSITIES SET UP!
26. Air University (established 2002)
27. Institute of Space technology, ISB (established 2002) 28. Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University , Quetta (established 2004)
29. University of Science & Technology, Bannu (established 2005)
30. University of Hazara (founded 2002)
31. Malakand university, Chakdara (established 2002) 32. Malakand university, Chakdara (established 2002 33. University of Gujrat (established 2004)
34. Virtual University of Pak, Lahore (established 2002) 35. Sarhad University of IT, Peshawar (established 2001) 36. National Law University , ISB (2007)
37. Media University , ISB (2007) etc.
38. University of Education , Lahore (2002)
39. Lasbella University of Marine Sciences, Baluchistan (2005) 40. Baluchistan University of IT & Management, Quetta (2002), etc. Pakistan now has a total of 245,682 Educational institutions in all categories, including 164,579 (i.e. 67 percent) in the Public sector and 81,103 (i..e. 100 percent) in the private sector, reports the National Education Census (NEC-2005). The census — jointly conducted by the Ministry of Education, the Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) and the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) – reveals that the number of private-sector institutions has increased from 36,096 in 1999-2000 to 81,103 in 2005, i.e. by 100 per cent. A record of more than 5000 Pakistani doing PhD\’s in foreign countries on scholarship While 300 PhD\’s are producing every year locally whose number was just 20 in 1999. This number will increase to 500 in 2008. Total 99,319 Educational Institutions (Public & Private) have increased in Musharraf era!

P.S. Kindly note it is not an effort to promote Musharraf for a come back. It is just to call a spade a spade. He MUST not come back, especially if he has to keep the company of ANY politicians (ANY politician). A pure and simple Presidential form of government would suit him if he can manage one some how. Neither is he (or any soldier) suited to this kind of mockery of a democracy nor is such a democracy suited to this country. The system must change and not, as they say, the faces only.

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2 Responses to “Musharraf Bashing”

  1. General (r) Musharraf was racist and chauvinist leader during his 9-year tenure. During his period, he did not launched any mega development project to benefit “Sons of Soils” (Pakistani Sindhis) directly.

    He must be tried by UN Commission working against racial discrimination.

    • Its preposterous and shameful even to use the term ‘Sons of the Soil’ and that also after 64 years of independence, when we are having the fourth generations of the mohajirs since.

      May I ask if you don’t mind telling what the so-called ‘Son of the soils’ done for the country as we have been witnessing back-to-back governments of both PML and PPP any achievements in their tenure of 55(9-64) years ?
      Awaiting your reply Mr. Sial..

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