I am a different person now, says Musharraf
By Iftikhar Gilani
NEW DELHI: The usually blunt and tough talking Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was at pains on Monday to assure India that he was a different person, that he was not “unifocal on Kashmir” and that he had indeed had a change of heart.
“I have come with a new heart,” the Pakistani president told Indian editors at a breakfast meeting. He said he disagreed with media headlines that stated “Phir wohi dil laya hoon (I have come with the same heart)”. A Hindi movie of this title was a major hit in the 1960s. “I beg to differ. Phir wohi dil nahi laya hoon (I have not come with the same heart). I would like to say main naya dil laya hoon (I have come with a new heart),” said President Musharraf, contrasting the atmosphere during India-Pakistan relations at the time of the Agra summit four years ago and now.
“It was acrimony, it was hatred. We were angry at each other. We were killing each other. There were tensions. Now there is friendship, there is harmony. We are talking peace. We are not angry. We are very happy. So it is totally different,” he added.