Social networking website Facebook has a new member — former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who has signed up to “connect” with the youth of his country.
Musharraf’s page, which was created a month ago but made public recently, already has over 27,000 fans.
The former military ruler, currently living outside Pakistan, posted a video on Monday night in which he says why he chose Facebook to interact with youth.
“Welcome to my Facebook page, which I launched about one month back. I am extremely encouraged by the positive, enthusiastic response that I received. It is my pleasure to be interacting with all of you,” Musharraf said in the video message.
“The youth is extremely concerned, I may even say extremely disturbed about what is happening in Pakistan, what has happened in Pakistan in the past, and why it has happened that way and also what is the future of Pakistan.
“The page has several little-known details about Musharraf — such as the fact that India Today magazine ranks alongside Economist, Newsweek and Time among his favourite journals.
Or that westerns, World War II films and historical epics like Ben Hur, Lawrence Of Arabia, Spartacus and Gladiator are among his favourite movies.
He has also uploaded photos on his page, including one taken at the Taj Mahal during his summit at Agra with former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“In his video message, Musharraf explained he chose Facebook to air his views because he was “thinking how I could contribute my bit towards quenching. “The thirst of (the) youth, especially on their concerns about Pakistan. The only way I thought possible was to develop a connectivity with all of you.
I need to collectivise this, collectivise so that I can answer to all of them through one medium, which is the connectivity of Facebook."