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Extremists have Musharraf's support: Lord Patten

March 20, 2007
Hilarious personal anecdotes and experiences gained from 20 years working with the world's elite political figures marked the launch of Lord Christopher Patten book Not Quite the Diplomat in Mumbai last week.

The Chancellor of Oxford University (2004-present), former European Union commissioner (2001-2004) and the last UK governor of Hong Kong (1992-1997) also minced no words as he discussed major issues concerning the international community. Most interesting was Patten’s firm stance regarding Pakistan and its current military leadership, especially President Pervez Musharraf.

"A number of Jihadis go back to Pakistan to be refreshed in their prejudices... The extremists have the support of the present Pakistani government... It's been this Musharraf's military government that has encouraged the extremist parties... There is every possibility of General Musharraf being followed by extremists."

Image: Lord Christopher Patten speaks at the book launch in Mumbai.
Reportage: Matthew Schneeberger | Photographs: Reuben N V

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