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I would have not attend Modi oath taking ceremony like Nawaz did: Musharraf

KARACHI: Former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf stated that he brought real democracy to Pakistan.

“Masses think that just because there are elections, there is a democratic set-up in place,” the former army chief said in an exclusive interview with Indian channel Zee News.

“Elections are just the beginning of democracy,” he said.

The former president said that India should start treating its neighbor Pakistan as a sovereign state.

Musharraf said that he would have not attend incumbent Indian president Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony – unlike Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did.

“I would certainly not visit India for Modi’s oath ceremony,” Musharraf said. Instead, the former president said he would visit Modi separately after the ceremony was done with.

“I would come separately, but only to discuss substantive issues,” he stated.

Additionally, with the cricket World Cup in our midst, it was no surprise that the sport and its role in the relations between Pakistan and India would be a matter of discussion.

“Cricket diplomacy can be done in a positive and negative sense,” he said. “We should use the sport to foster better ties,” Musharraf said.