In Conversation with Pervez Musharraf

"Pakistan is a country which is self- sustainable. It has the potential, it has the resources to stand on its own feet. And this I say very confidently because of the 10 years that I've governed Pakistan. We are self-sufficient in water, in energy, in food, in natural resources; what more does a country want? So what really is happening in Pakistan, if I may be allowed to speak on the issue, is that the people who come into governance through election, through the democratic practices do not govern well. That has been the history of Pakistan." –Pervez Musharraf

Musharraf discusses his leadership in Pakistan, as well as several life experiences including the 1999 bloodless coup, with The Atlantic's David Bradley.

Festival: 2012

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