Speakers

H.E. GENERAL PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

Former President of Pakistan


SPEAKING SESSIONS

Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

Lunch (Hosted by Invest Hong Kong) & Special Luncheon Address: Maritime Silk Road - Succeeding in the New Model of Cooperation Between China, Hong Kong & ASEAN | 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm


General Pervez Musharraf occupied what TIME magazine described as “the most dangerous job in the world”. As President of Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, he played a crucial role in fighting the global war on terrorism; the role that he played with incredible courage, surviving more than a few assassination attempts and he still remains a target by those who want to see the world divided as “WEST AND THE REST “.

General Musharraf fought two wars against India in 1965 and 1971 and was involved in all other skirmishes with India. He strongly believes in peace with dignity and honor in the region and rapprochement with India. He is quoted as saying that “he is a man of war, but a man for peace, as he experienced the ravages of war.”

In the course of his nine years at the helm, General Musharraf empowered the people of Pakistan at the grass roots level by introducing a local government system. In his country, he empowered women and unlocked the freedom of expression. Perhaps his biggest achievement was the turnaround of an almost bankrupt state in 1999; he and his government helped Pakistan come off the list of Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).

On the world stage, the President strongly believes in "Enlightened Moderation", his vision for the Muslim world is to shun militancy and extremism and adopt the path of socioeconomic uplift; while the West, and the United States in particular, should seek to resolve all political disputes, especially Palestine and Kashmir, with justice and to aid in the socioeconomic betterment of the deprived Muslim world.

General Musharraf's vision for Pakistan is for it to be transformed into a progressive, moderate, and prosperous Islamic State.