Full Transcript of Musharraf Interview

Musharraf: No... absolutely wrong again. That is why, exactly what I show. The West needs to learn what is happening in Pakistan.[unintelligible] is back. Is that putting people on jail? Omar Musharraf is back. Is that what -- putting people in jail? And they are talking -- they are giving interviews to television. Just now I came, all of them were having great interviews on television. Is that -- putting people in jail? We put people in jail if they want to come and burn down and destroy things. They will be put in jail.

Cuomo: How do you explain putting Bhutto under house arrest and saying -- [Overtalk] ... That raises speculation.

Musharraf: Yes, indeed. But she was under house arrest because she was going to take a procession which would -- again, there is a terrorist threat. There would again be a bomb blast. And, again, the same element. If you take a procession now, are you going to again burn down and destroy things. The [unintelligible] of certain culture that we want to follow up to the elections. And that is tranquility, peace. Do your election campaigning.

But if you are in, "We are going to boycott elections. We want this. We want that. We want this. And now we are coming out into the streets and we are going to go in a procession." No sir. This is not the way.

Cuomo: Do you understand why your actions raise concern in the West about how you're treating your political opponents? How you're treating the media and people who are seeking...

Musharraf: Yes....The media. And all -- the media. Yes, indeed. We had to crack down on the media...

Cuomo: Why?

Musharraf: Because the media was creating despondency and despair in the public of Pakistan through distorting facts. Not all of the media. Some elements. Some elements in the media.

So therefore we had to introduce a code of conduct. We asked them to -- this -- the last one year I'm asking them to produce a code of conduct of their own. They did not. So therefore we had to introduce a code of conduct. All of them signed -- those who signed are back. And they are -- the media is there.

What I want to repeat, the Western media needs to understand Pakistan. We are not United States. We are not U.K. We are not Europe. This is Pakistan. Come and learn what is Pakistan. And then comment. Unfortunately, as [unintelligible], that you comment sitting in Europe and try to kind of work Pakistan into Europe. No, sir. That's not the case. This is Pakistan.

When I say it normally would be ... human rights and civil liberties as we want to handle it, one man, Hezbollah, in [unintelligible] with some radio put the whole [unintelligible] on fire. Now human rights say, "Well, you -- you [unintelligible] . What is the problem? Carry on."

No, sir. This is Pakistan. We cannot allow this one man to do that. The people are illiterate. This man is a good cleric. He talks. He motivates. And he indoctrinates people from the [unintelligible] radio. So we crack down on him. What does the -- what does the West say about this civil liberties then? Should we allow him?

So please come to Pakistan and see Pakistan. And what is happening here. You've got colored eyes there. You -- you're seeing -- seeing Pakistan with jaundiced eyes because you ... you're sitting in-- wherever you are. People -- the -- the environment here is different. See this environment. And then comment. Then comment.

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