Former President of Pakistan and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Chief General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf on Friday announced his decision to return to the country one week after the installation of the interim government.
“I have decided, in consultation with all my party leaders, I will come to Pakistan one week after the caretaker government assumes office.” He said that he would either chose Rawalpindi or Karachi as a venue for his homecoming. He announced that APML would fully take part in the upcoming elections.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Musharraf said Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and time has come for patriotic people to make a decision. “It is the duty of all patriotic people to set aside our internal conflicts and look forward to rescue Pakistan.”
Talking about cases in Pakistan, he said: “I want to be put on trial for developing Pakistan, building dams, promoting agriculture and revolutionizing telecom sector. I opened 70 to 80 universities, broke the begging bowl of IMF.”
“I am ready to accept the punishment if our courts want me to be tried on these reasons,” he said. “I introduced a local body system, which developed the country at gross-root level.” “I will appear before courts. Inshahullah let’s see what happens.” “Prices of essential items have sky-rocketed. Pakistan currency has devalued.”
Pakistan is full of potential and resources, he said, adding that country lacks leadership and governance. He said Pakistan is facing a now or never situation. What happened has happened, it is now time to move forward, he said.
"I hope that people of Pakistan have awakened. People of Pakistan have realized what is right and what is wrong for them." He unveiled a four-point roadmap for Pakistan: 1) internal stability, 2) regional peace, 3) international acceptability and 4) socio-economic development.
“We need a change in political atmosphere. We have to bring about a third alternative, which should bring forward honest leadership to serve the poor people of Pakistan."
The former president faces two court warrants for his arrest in connection with the 2006 death of Akbar Bugti and the 2007 assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto.