ISLAMABAD: Former military chief Pervez Musharraf on Thursday vowed to face justice and not flee the country in his first interview since being placed under house arrest eight months ago.
“I will face all cases… I will not run away,” he told Pakistan’s private news channel in an interview.
There have been persistent rumours that a deal would be struck to allow Musharraf to leave the country without standing trial to avoid a clash between the government and the all-powerful military.
But aides to the former commando have said he wants to stay and clear his name of all the charges against him.
So far the cases have proceeded slowly, edging from adjournment to adjournment with little clear progress apart from the granting of bail.
Musharraf said on Thursday that he was ready to face the trial.
“These are all fraud (fraudulent) cases which lack any substantial evidence,” he said.
“I will inshallah (God willing) get out of this pressure because I am pretty sure I did not commit any wrong thing… whatever I did was for the betterment and welfare of Pakistan and its people.”
When asked if he thinks the present government will complete its tenure, Musharraf said: “My good wishes are with them if they promote good governance. I will support (Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif if he does any good for the country.”
During the interview, the former general said that he supported the policy of holding peace talks with the Taliban but only from a “position of strength and not weakness”.
“Whether it is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or its chief Maulana Fazalullah, they are our own people who have got distracted.
“But they should not be begged for any talks… they should know that the state is always very powerful and that they should not challenge the state,” Musharraf said.