Musharraf to come back Pakistan 2 months before elections


President All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Pervez Musharraf has said he would go back to Pakistan before the general election but could not confirm the exact date.

Addressing a party’s public meeting in New York, Musharraf said the change was necessary in Pakistan and could be brought by fair and free upcoming general elections, adding that the problems would remain if people did not chosen a right leadership.

“I have not set any date as yet because no date has been fixed for the elections (which are expected to be held in May),” he said. When told that he could be arrested on his return to Pakistan, Musharraf said that his arrest warrants stemmed from his non-appearance in a Pakistani court to face the charges levelled against him.

He said he would go to the court on his return in compliance with its order.

“No risk, no gain,” Musharraf said when asked why he was risking his life by deciding to return to Pakistan. “I have no enmity with anyone, but I have love for Pakistan”, he added. Musharraf devoted his speech to defending his record in office, claiming Pakistan had recorded all-round progress.

He said Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri, the founder of Minhajul Quran International had tried to fulfil the desires of the masses. Criticising the current government, the former president said the law and order situations in Karachi, Quetta and other cities were not good and the country was also facing economic problems.