Musharraf said this while speaking to senior journalists and columnists at the Presidential Camp Office in Rawalpindi. He said he was a democrat and worked for democracy even when he was in uniform, and also defended his November 3, 2007 proclamation of emergency rule, reported the Daily Times. Quoting sources, the paper added that the President also refuted the allegations made by the PML-N that he was conspiring against democracy. On the occasion, Musharraf denied that he was responsible for the economic crisis, and said that instead 'the previous government' was responsible for the same. He said his policies must be evaluated in the context of the circumstances at that time.
According to the report, Musharraf's meeting with the senior journalists was part of his efforts to "improve his image in the media".