Saturday, May 28, 2005
CNN - Predicting Pakistan's Future
Dateline: 27 May 2105
Transcript of CNN’s interview at Army House, Rawalpindi
CNN: General, will you be standing for re-election and more importantly, will you be keeping the uniform?
Musharraf: No and Yes and, of course, Yes and No.
CNN: Sorry. Sir, could you kindly clarify that.
Musharraf: (Chuckling) You people never really understand what I’m trying to say. As I have always said we have to place the interest of Pakistan first and foremost.
CNN: Yes? (Interviewer nodding her head and looking quizzical at the same time)
Musharraf: As a straight shooter I don’t dilly dally, you see. So really, whatever is in the interest of the nation is the only path to follow.
CNN: So you will be standing again?
Musharraf: Yes and No.
CNN: And in uniform?
Musharraf: No and Yes.
CNN: Sir, do you realise that at the age of one hundred and sixty-three you are the most ancient Army Chief in world history.
Musharraf: So what? Pakistan needs me, my uniform fits me and I am positive that we will catch that rascal Osama by the end of the year.