Asif Ali Zardari is a "criminal" and a "fraud" who will do anything to save himself, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said about the Pakistani president who succeeded him last year.
The former Pakistan President told well-known US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in an interview that he was still in contact with Army Chief General Asfaq Kayani and didn’t think the military was capable of mutiny — "not the Army he knew".
"Asif Zardari is a criminal and a fraud. He’ll do anything to save himself. He’s not a patriot and he’s got no love for Pakistan. He’s a third-rater," Musharraf was quoted as saying by Pakistani daily The News today.
Musharraf told Hersh that he and General Kayani, who had been his nominee for chief of army staff, were still in telephonic contact.
The former military ruler said he didn’t think the Pakistan military was capable of mutiny — not the Army he knew.
"There are people with fundamentalist ideas in the Army, but I don’t think there is any possibility of these people getting organised and doing an uprising. These ‘fundos’ were disliked and not popular," Musharraf was quoted as saying by the Pakistani daily.