Think that former President Pervez Musharraf will be warmly welcomed by the people of the country. His tenure was in a way a sigh of relief for them. In fact, the economy was far more stable as compared to today. The economic condition of the country has deteriorated considerably after the assumption of office by the present government; interestingly the incumbents accuse the previous rulers for present economic mess. The facts and figures, speak for themselves. All you need to do is to look at the economy of the country before January 2008. Let me remind you that the foreign reserves of the country were more than $16 billions. The stock markets were doing record business with KSE touching the limit of 16000 points. The currency exchange rate was Rs. 60 per dollar. Yes, there were crises like shortage of electricity, inflationary spiral but they were because of high prices of oil in the international market and uncertain situation in the country due to war on terror. After the formation of the new government, every crisis has intensified. The stock market still is in a free fall. Foreign reserves have diminished and the exchange rate has now risen considerably. Though Musharraf committed a lot of blunders like for instance by becoming the front line state in the US war on terror but still I think he was successful in raising the standard of life for the common man. FATIMA RAZA, Lahore, October 17.