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Musharraf becomes commercially viable

world Updated: Aug 24, 2008 12:18 IST

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If former President Pervez Musharraf, whose political career has virtually been written-off, takes a cue from previous White House occupant Bill Clinton, he could earn mega moolah.

The beleaguered leader is on the threshold of making big bucks through his oratory skills with an international public relations firm saying that he could get between USD 150,000 and USD 200,000 a day for his speeches and lectures.

That would put him in the category of former US President Bill Clinton who attracts top fee for speaking engagements.

In a report in its upcoming issue, the Newsweek says that when the 65-year old former Pakistani army chief goes on an expected pilgrimage to Mecca in the next few days, he may continue travelling on a lucrative speaking tour across the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Chicago-based Embark LLC, the report says, is just one of the international public relations firms trying to enroll Musharraf as a highly paid keynote speaker.

It quoted public relations executives as saying the articulate and brash 44-year army veteran's earnings could approach that of Clinton, who famously snubbed him during a lightning visit to Islamabad eight years ago.

"The [speaking] fee for Musharraf would be in the range of USD 150,000-200,000 a day plus jet and other VIP arrangements on the ground," Embark President David B Wheeler said.

Wheeler was quoted as saying Clinton, for whom Embark has arranged speaking engagements in the Middle East, commands up to USD 250,000 per appearance.