Below is the full transcript of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's interview on Friday, Nov. 30 with Chris Cuomo for "Good Morning America."
Chris Cuomo: So you've said, Mr. President, the last few days were very uncomfortable for you, not just as a leader, but emotionally difficult for you. Some of the most painful days of your life. Why?
Pervez Musharraf: First of all, the idea of breaking from an institution in which you served for 46 years, half a century, and where you've worked with all your heart and soul and that my passion, as I said, has been all along. And then, um, of course the pressures of governance, the turbulence in the country. All these created a combined effect.
Cuomo: When did it sink in that -- not that you said you're taking the uniform off -- but that things are different now? When did it hit you?
Musharraf: It hit me at the ceremony, I think, when I handed over the baton to the new army chief of staff. Uh, that ceremony that was very nostalgic, very emotional because I thought this is the day when I am leaving. I am no more the chief.
Cuomo: After the ceremony, any second guessing when you woke up this morning? Did you think, What have I done?
Musharraf: No not at all. Absolutely not because I've been living with this idea for months, many months. Since maybe the beginning of the year, I had decided in my mind I had to quit because the constitution allows me up to ... November. And I knew I had decided I could not violate the constitution, and I can't unless we have a two-thirds majority in the assembly, and it passes a vote for my extended term in uniform, so there was no doubt and all along I had decided in my mind I had no doubt I would remove my uniform.
Cuomo: What made you decide to do it now? Pressure from the U.S., from the military?
Musharraf:No military doesn't exert any pressure, military is with me. They're my military for half a century, and there's no pressure from the United States. Yes the whole world thought I had to doff my uniform, but I don't make decisions on pressures from abroad. I see things domestically. What is in the interest of Pakistan and as I said there was no pressure when you want to do something else and someone is telling you to do the opposite. I myself had said I was going to remove the uniform and I will follow the constitution. That's what I've been saying for a year since the beginning of the year, I will follow the constitution. so what kind of pressure is there? They are saying exactly what I want to do.
Cuomo: You ask me why I was holding the newspaper. For a sitting president this is some front page to deal with, you have the challenges of two different opposition parties, you have challenges from the Taliban, you have challenges from the court, you have a lot of pressure and challenges. How do you think you can bring this all together and unify the country?