Musharraf desires elections under army’s supervision

ISLAMABAD: Chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) retired general Pervez Musharraf expressed on Monday his desire that the elections should be held under the supervision of army.

“I have always stated that the polls should be held under the supervision of army. Otherwise there will be law and order problem. And then the polls will not be fair and transparent,” said Gen Musharraf in a brief chat with reporters at his luxurious and heavily-guarded Chak Shahzad farmhouse soon after his arrival from Karachi.

The former president said he had been facing serious threats, but at the same time expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the caretaker government for his security.

The APML chief, who plans to contest for a National Assembly seat from the capital, said he would formally start political activities from his Islamabad residence where he had come for the first time since completion of the farmhouse after his departure to London in November 2008.

Gen Musharraf, who has also submitted his nomination papers for a National Assembly seat from Karachi, expressed the hope that his party would be able to make seat-adjustment arrangement with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). “I have relationship with the MQM for the past 12 years. I hope we will have some seat adjustment with them in Karachi,” he said.

However, he did not categorically said if his party was holding any formal talks with the MQM.