WASHINGTON - Former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf has said that he tried as president to convince Iran to make peace with Israel and abandon its nuclear ambitions. Musharraf, during an interview conducted by Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley, spoke about his 2006 “peace effort” to bring reconciliation between Israel and the Arab world. Musharraf flew to Iran to visit President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said he tried to get Iran to pursue a path to peace with Israel, the Foreign Policy magazine reports.
He said that he urged the Islamic nation to move away from the development of nuclear weapons, but that he made no progress. “They are determined to develop a nuclear arsenal... I did not succeed,” the report quoted him as saying. “But Iran has not posed any threat, so they need not go nuclear,” he added. In another interview, Musharraf said that he was returning to Pakistan next year to help the failing state. In a recent interview to Aspen Ideas Festival Media Company, Musharraf resembled himself with former US president Abraham Lincoin, saying he had broken the constitution to save the country. INP/NNI