KARACHI - Former president Pervez Musharraf has said that change is direly needed in political culture of Pakistan without which country’s future appears bleak.

Addressing All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) workers on Wednesday through a videoconference in Karachi, Musharraf said he was foreseeing formation of a technocrat government in the country with no immediate election. He said election would be held in the country after the electoral reforms to eliminate all the possibilities of the rigging during the polls.

Talking about the current situation of the country, Musharraf said it was unfortunate that country having countless resources was deficient in progress and development. For long, the masses lacked basic facilities including electricity, water and gas. The deprivation of rights to masses had resulted in sit-ins and protests across the country, he added.

Musharraf said he formed APML to bring change in the politics of the country and worked for Pakistan sacrificing his personal interests. Rejecting the news about making alliance with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, he said he was moving with his own ideology and only supported the sit-ins in federal capital as the protesting parties’ leaders stance was based on truth.

“I will support Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if he puts Pakistan on the road of progress and prosperity,” he said.

He further said that country’s critical situation forced him to return to Pakistan but, on his return, he was charged under Article 6.

“I fought many wars for the country but was labeled as a traitor. I was disqualified for the election which was completely unconstitutional,” he added.

Musharraf said, “I worked day and night for the progress and development of the country during my tenure but I was trapped in different cases.” “I am disappointed, but hope is there that I will survive these fake cases,” he claimed.

Underlying the need for a change in political culture of Pakistan, he said formation of a third force was urgently needed for sustenance of democracy in the country.