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Published on April 20th, 2017 | by Ahmar Khan

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Gen Musharraf should be in jail, not in Yale, says AFB

Former Pakistan dicator and coup leader, Gen Pervez Musharraf, who is viewed by the Baloch people of southwest Asia as Butcher of Balochistan,  Godfather of Taliban by Afghan people in neighboring Afghanistan and Coward of Kargil in the world’s largest democracy, is being shamed by the pro-independence American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) all over the USA.

The AFB members believe Musharraf should be in jail not in Yale.

The former dictator, who is also called Pinochet of Pakistan, has been invited to address “The Future of US-Pakistan Relations: A conversation with General Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan” at the Yale School of Management on April 24.

The AFB has opposed the invite, by launching a signature campaign on change.org, and requesting the dean of the school to cancel invite to the former dictator and invite a more credible person with democratic credentials. The AFB signature campaign reads:

“We the undersigned are of the considered opinion the invite to Butcher of Balochistan, Pakistan coup leader and dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, by the Yale School of Management is highly unethical and immoral. By assassinating Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, former governor and chief minister, Gen Musharraf started a genocidal war in France-sized Balochistan , which is continuing to this day; the General overthrew an elected government through a military coup; the general launched the Kargil war against India that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war; the general openly admitted he supported the Taliban terror against the most beautiful people of Afghanistan; the general and his top brass, including his right hand Gen Nadeem Taj, provided safe sanctuary to Osama bin Laden at Pakistan’s West Point in Abbottabad, while taking billions of dollars from the US in the name of fighting terror; and the general said women in Pakistan stage rape dramas to emigrate to the West.

Given these aforementioned facts, we request  Edward A Snyder, Indra K. Nooyi Dean and William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, at the Yale School of Management, to rescind the invite to Gen Musharraf to speak at the event entitled “The Future of U.S.-Pakistan Relations: A Conversation with General Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan” on April 24 at the Yale School of Management. The School of Management can definitely find better scholars to address the issues than a dictator and coup leader. The invite to Gen Musharraf rubs salt to the wounds of tens of millions of victims of Pakistan army and ISI terror in Balochistan, Afghanistan, and India. An Ivy League school like Yale University should not invite such villains and felons of history on the campus and insult his victims even further. We the undersigned hereby request that the invite to Gen Musharraf be cancelled.”

Krishna Gudipati, a director of the AFB, in his missive to Prof Snyder, dean of the school, appealed, “Please don’t destroy the image of Yale by inviting such a destroyer of democracy and also a butcher of many Pakistan people who wanted their voices heard and also one who tried to illegally occupy neighbor’s land during Kargil war.” He added, “You are not dealing with a gentleman here, more a butcher of the voiceless.”

Last week, when Gen Musharraf was in Washington DC, the AFB organized a candlelight vigil at the Dupont Circle. The AFB banner carried a picture of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, who was assassinated on the orders of Gen Musharraf along with 26 of his tribesmen. Bugti’s political heir and successor Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti, who lives is self exile in Switzerland, is now one of the main leaders struggling for an independent Balochistan.

On April 8,  Jane E. Weisner, general secretary of the American Friends of Balochistan, in a missive to Dr Vali Nasr , dean of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, said she was shocked that the schools invited a dictator who unleashed a cruel war on the people of France-sized Balochistan. “For lack of better words your invite to him lacks sound intellectual discretion,” she told Prof Nasr.

Shirin Tahir-Kheli, of Pakistan descent, played a key role in invite to Musharraf at SAIS.

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