Irshad Salim — Former President General (R) Pervez Musharraf Wednesday hinted at returning to Pakistan after formation of a third political force in the country which he said is unavoidable.
He said he would welcome the change if the incumbent government led by PM Nawaz Sharif is dismissed by the Supreme Court through the joint investigation team (JIT) established to probe allegations made against Sharif’s family in the Panama Papers case.
“I am ready to lead the grand alliance of the political parties who are fed up with the politics of Pakistan Muslim League and Pakistan Peoples Party,” Musharraf told media at a press conference in Dubai yesterday.
The 73-year-old strongman in self-exile came to Dubai on health grounds last year, and currently lives in the city.
He however agreed that change in the country could only be brought through democracy. “Election should (however) be held under the supervision of Pakistan Army,” tweeted the former president on June 6 adding that he was hopeful right judgement will be made by SC in the Panama Papers case.
Musharraf did not announce any specific date of return to the country and said when his “grand alliance” gets successful and popular then he will definitely go back to Pakistan.
He stated that Pakistan’s image was tarnished among the international community. He praised the assistance of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Pakistan during difficult times and said Pakistan should stand with both the brotherly nations.
The former president and head of APML said his party was in contact with the Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri to include in the grand alliance.
Musharraf said all parties of urban Sindh including MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sar Zameen Party should not be divided and should bring themselves on one page for the betterment of the mega city and the federation.
The former president and then army chief has a slew of pending cases against him including indictment for “treason” after he relinquished the presidentship under political and international pressure in August 2008.
Observers say they expect the “grand alliance” launch from Sindh where anti-PPP opposition forces under the leadership of Pir Pagara and Ayaz LAtif Palijo announced last month a similar grouping.