ISLAMABAD - In a move to have a safe exit from Pakistan, General (r) Pervez Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League announced on Friday boycott of the elections, alleging 'partial' attitude of the Election Commission and judiciary.

After Dr Tahirul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), the APML is the second 'political party' whose head landed in Pakistan under the illusion that 'millions' of Pakistanis would shower petals on him.

APML Secretary General Dr Amjad, after the emergency meeting of party’s core in Islamabad, said: “Keeping in view the partial and unjust attitude of the ECP and judiciary towards the APML, its president Pervez Musharraf and other election contestants, the party has decided to boycott the 2013 general elections". Talking to the media, he said that he got the approval of the decision to boycott elections from his party president during a meeting in Chak Shahzad Sub-jail on Friday.

The APML secretary general said that the party would hold countrywide sit-ins in front of ECP offices and courts in protest against the disqualification of Pervez Musharraf. He said that the APML strongly protested over the unjust, hostile and partial attitude of the ECP and courts towards Pervez Musharraf and other workers of the APML. "We protest over the bad treatment given to party president and it will continue until the end of this attitude and injustice," he added.

Replying another question, he said that Pervez Musharraf would not leave the country under any covert deal as he was facing the courts in all cases against him. “However, he would only fly abroad after getting bail from courts and getting removed his name from the exit control list (ECL). Musharraf will not take any illegal step”, he concluded.

He condemned the killing of the FIA prosecutor and said that it was an attempt to keep Pervez Musharraf behind the bars for a long time. He said that the FIA could not prove Musharraf guilty and he would get the bail soon. He lamented that the prosecution of the case would be delayed until the appointment of new prosecutor.

Dr Amjad said that Tahirul Qadri was right that the ECP and judiciary were partial but the APML was expecting that the judiciary would give it justice that did not happen. He said that their decision to boycott elections was right as the party president had not been allowed to contest polls, their posters were being torn down and cases were being registered against party workers. He said that three parties -- PPP, MQM and ANP -- were facing severe terrorism threats and these could also boycott the elections. He said that no meeting was held between General (r) Pervez Musharraf and US senators in the sub-jail.