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  • Pakistani President: Claiming rape is a moneymaking concern

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on October 4th, 2005 (All posts by )

    From the Washington Post:

    Musharraf told The Washington Post last week [the article is from September 24th, RG] that claiming rape had become “a moneymaking concern” in Pakistan. “A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped,” he said. He later denied making the comments.

    Not prepared for the backlash, he is now trying to weasel out:

    Faced with the protests over his remarks that rape claims had become a way to make money, Musharraf subsequently told a women’s group that he had been misquoted.

    He also told that to CNN and stuck to this story while attending the UN General Assembly, but considering the evidence it is hopeless:

    The Post has posted an audio link to that section of the interview on . The link includes the full nine-minute discussion with Musharraf on the problem of rape in his country.

    In the interview, Musharraf referred to the case of Mukhtar Mai, an illiterate 33-year-old-woman who attracted worldwide attention after she spoke publicly about having been gang-raped on the orders of a village council in 2002.

    The Pakistani government blocked her from traveling to the United States to publicize the case.

    And by local standards, Musharraf is a moderate and all-around good guy. Just as this former Prime Minister of Malaysia is a modererate and paragon of sanity, relatively speaking.


    3 Responses to “Pakistani President: Claiming rape is a moneymaking concern”

    1. MTW Says:

      He’s not the PM, he’s the Chief Executive. I believe Aziz is the PM.

    2. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Yes, he’s president, not PM. Thanks, I updated he post.

    3. Patrick Says:

      Why is it Third World nations appear to produce “leaders” that are, in effect, a bunch of weasels? Perhaps a more apt description would be, “skunks?”