London, Feb 18: Jemima Khan, the divorced wife of former cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, believes that President Pervez Musharraf is not afraid of confronting his opponents.
In an article for The Independent, Jemima, who was granted a rare interview with Musharraf, said: "He's a man who is not afraid of confrontation. Much to the justifiable fury of every journalist in Islamabad, he granted me an exclusive half-hour interview despite or perhaps because of the fact that I have recently described him as one of the most repressive dictators Pakistan has ever known."
She also said that Major-General Rashid Qureshi, President Pervez Musharraf's PR man, told her over the phone that: "Since you were so kind as to greet us in London at Downing Street last month, the President would like to return the favour."
"Only in Pakistan could the government's head of spin be a retired major-general," Jemima writes. She said that when she went for the interview, Imran had already told her that he thought it was a a terrible idea to interview Musharraf, as it would be misinterpreted in Pakistan.
"Besides, you'll be too soft on him," she quoted Imran as telling her.