Nawaz Sharif should reach out to Donald Trump: Pervez Musharraf

India, he said, wants to maintain 'hegemony' in the region.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published: November 21, 2016 3:20 pm
pervez musharraf, donald trump, nawaz sharif, us-pakistan, america pakistan, pakitan us relations, pakistan and united states Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan has a ‘golden opportunity’ to counter Indian lobbying in the US and build an immediate liaison with the incoming administration of Donald Trump who is ‘not well-versed’ with South Asia’s political dynamics, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said.

“This is a golden opportunity for Pakistan, the Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif) needs to step up and build an immediate liaison with the new (US) administration,” Musharraf said, adding that Trump is “not well-versed with political dynamics of the region and is yet to formulate a strategy vis-a-vis South Asia.”

India, he said, wants to maintain ‘hegemony’ in the region. It sees itself as a future economic giant not only in the region, but in the world. India wants to isolate Pakistan not only economically but also diplomatically, he told Dunya news.

The India caucus in the US Senate is more vigilant and proactive; Pakistan needs to derive an effective strategy as well to counter the Indian narratives in the US circles, he added.

Regarding the civil-military divide in Pakistan, he said that India has exploited this fault-line of the Pakistani political spectra, especially the PML-N regimes. There has always been a rift between the army chiefs and the incumbent government in the PML(N) regimes.

When asked about the future of Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, who is set to retire on November 29, Musharraf said he deserves an extension.

Musharraf said that he had previously rooted for Raheel because he is a popular army chief.

“Pakistan comes first. The four candidates for the army chief slot are competent and patriotic officers. I’m sure they will serve the flag first and foremost,” he said.

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  1. D
    Nov 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm
    Musaraf you are Pig ARSHE
    1. B
      Nov 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm
      stan has to show the world they are not stupids, if their Govt. and PM keep sitting like duck is not gona work. The have to show on the world stage.
      1. D
        Dr. Pramod
        Nov 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm
        why, ur licking the bxxls and xss of Jinping doesn't taste good anymore? a country that feeds on the thrown away piece of bread by any country is a prosute with the AIDS of terrorism, that you have grown with the same bread you have eaten. u don't deserve to be on the map of the world.
        1. S
          Nov 21, 2016 at 11:55 am
          And get kicked unceremoniously ? Trump is not as forgiving as Obama and he knows that the reins of power is not held by Sharif.
          1. G
            George thakur
            Nov 22, 2016 at 3:24 am
            Oh, my friend B. Any country that successfully fools a world power as the US is for seven long decades as has stan -- is nobody's fool. Fine strategy has been and continues to be stan's most prolific et.
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