Former President of Pakistan at WC
By Emily Sallade
Elm Staff Writer
Former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, spoke to a full audience about Pakistan, terrorism, and regional security on Oct. 24. He is one of many important delegates to speak at WC. Musharraf had power over Pakistan from 1999 to 2001 as Chief Executive and from 2001 to 2008 as the tenth President of Pakistan.
The talk President Musharraf gave was very insightful and interesting, and he had many things to say concerning Pakistan and how the country feels regarding the War on Terror and the United States, although there was a bit of an understandable bias in regards to Pakistan’s relationship with India.
At the talk President Musharraf also explained his plans to return to Pakistan and run again for the presidency in the elections of 2013. Musharraf was forced to leave Pakistan due to threats to his life and a warrant for his arrest. He explained that he would be returning because he believed he could win re-election.
“I was excited,” said freshman Valerie Bardhi, in regards to the talk. There were many students present at this event, most of them International Studies and Political Science majors. Decker Theater was packed full with attendance from students and community members alike, so much so that Musharraf’s talk was web streamed live on the WC website so that many others, both near and far, could be involved. Musharraf came to speak to the school due to his acquaintance with Professor Tahir Shad.