A few days ago Pervez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan, gave an interview in which he likened himself to the 16th President of the United States.
His main message was to defend his actions and those of the Pakistani military over the decades as in the interest of the Pakistani people and the survival of Pakistani democracy.
“When the state is going down, people run to the Army to save the state,” he said. “We had a dilemma: save the state in order to save the Constitution. Unfortunately, the military takes over to save the state, in order to save the Constitution.”
“This was the view of even President Abraham Lincoln,” Musharraf continued. “I know that he had violated the Constitution because his responsibility was to protect the state and therefore protect the Constitution. So this has been the dilemma of Pakistan all through its history.”