Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Kicks Off 67th Season on Sept. 24 2009

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan President Michael Cook announced today that the first speaker in the 67th Speaker Series is former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who will speak Sept. 24. The member-only meeting will be held at the Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Lake Michigan College, Benton Township, Mich.

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Time magazine described President Musharraf as having “the most dangerous job in the world” when he served at the helm of Pakistan from 2001-2008. He survived two assassination attempts, rooted out militants in his own government, helped direct countless raids against Al Qaeda and tracked Osama Bin Laden with technical and human intelligence.

From the start of his presidency, Musharraf sought to make democracy less dysfunctional in Pakistan. He empowered his people at the grassroots level through a local government system that did not previously exist. Women gained reserve seats at every tier of the parliament. Multiple private TV channels emerged for the first time in the nation’s history and electronic and print media began operating independently of the government.

After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the U.S. sought Musharraf’s support to fight the Taliban and he proved to be one of America’s greatest allies.

Musharraf traveled extensively as president and met with prominent leaders. The international interaction crystallized his views and perceptions of key world issues and led to his “strategy of an Enlightened Moderation” that captured the imagination of western cultures in particular and was adopted by the Islamic World for Enlightened Moderation.

His memoir, “In the Line of Fire,” chronicles his struggles for security and the political future of his nation. It is a nation that he still believes can be transformed into a progressive, moderate, prosperous Islamic state. When he visits Southwestern Michigan, Musharraf will articulate his views of enlightened moderation in Pakistan.

Attendance at the Musharraf meeting is limited to The Economic Club members only. Meeting membership is closed for the 2009-2010 season. Individuals interested in joining The Club may add their names to a waiting list by visiting www.TheEconClub.com or calling (269) 982-6010 and leaving their names, phone numbers, mailing addresses and e-mail addresses. For more information about The Club, its speakers and membership options, visit www.TheEconClub.com, e-mail info@TheEconClub.com or call (269) 982-6010.