ISLAMABAD, July 10: It seems that a political change is brewing
in the country as former president Gen (retired) Pervez
Musharraf is vying to represent masses from the remotest part of
the country and most likely contest next general elections from
Chitral on the platform of his newly formed party.
Major General (retired) Rashid Qureshi, who was the military and
presidential spokesman for Musharraf and is one of the
‘masterminds’ behind All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) stated
this during an exclusive talk with this correspondent on
Some political parties are hostile to Musharraf but in the
absence of solid evidence of any wrongdoing /accusations, he
said, adding that former general ‘is more popular with the
downtrodden than some of the most high image political pundits’.
He said that Musharraf will come back to Pakistan soon as
majority of politicians want him to storm Pakistani politics
once again as the country is going through a very critical phase
of its bumpy political history.
“The date of his (Musharraf) return is not yet decided as APML
is working for maximum security for him while in Pakistan. We
keep him informed about the latest political situation in the
country and he is very much desirous of cleaning his slate
before the nation," he added.
He also said that eighty politicians, including MNAs, senators
and nazims from PPP and PML-N, PML-Q had recently called on
Pervez Musharraf in Dubai and some are scheduled to meet him
within a week to show him solidarity and complete support on
entering the political mainstream of Pakistan.
He said that the party has organized various introductory events
in major cities of the country and soon it will make its
presence felt in Balochistan and Chitral. “We are getting very
good response from all over the country since the launch of
APML”, he maintained.
This is pertinent to mention that Musharraf is confident of
winning general elections from Chitral as he was instrumental in
opening the Lowari tunnel, which is the shortest possible
all-weather route, connecting the valley with other parts of the
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