ISLAMABAD - Former President Pervez Musharraf is determined to stage his come back in the country come what may, APML sources said on Wednesday.

APML central leader Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif told The Nation that a three-member committee would visit Dubai in the second week of this month to meet the party chief to finalise programme of his return to Pakistan. Besides him, other two members of the committee include Chaudhry Shahbaz and Mian Zahid Sarfraz would leave for Dubai soon after the APML’s Karachi public meeting on January 8th. Barrister Saif also informed that former President would first Jordan on the invitation of King Abdullah ahead of his plans to visit to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

He said that Musharraf was determined to return soon to Pakistan to play his political role in steering the country out of multiple challenges. He said that the former military ruler during his visit to Saudi Arabia would meet King Abdullah as his personal friend.

‘Saudi King regards the former Pakistani President as his younger brother’, Barrister Saif said while talking to this scribe from Karachi where he alongwith other party leaders is busy in making arrangements for the Karachi public meeting.

He said that efforts were underway by certain quarters to create difficulties for APML President in staging his come back in the country with honour and dignity, and rejected as speculation that he was engaged in lobbying with international friends to secure any guarantee.

Barrister Saif was of the view that APML has advised the President to return as early as possible as political conditions in the country were ripe to launch the party and play his role in steering it out from the prevailing challenges. Saif was confident that his party would surmount all challenges facing the country successfully under the ample leadership of the former President.

In a related development, one of close associates of the former President and American-Pakistani businessman Dr Raza Bokhari met with the US Ambassador Cameron Munter here on Wednesday. Confirming this development, Embassy spokesperson Mark Stroh said both the dignitaries discussed matters of mutual concerns.

He dismissed the perception that Ambassador Munter and Dr. Bokhari discussed politics particularly with regard to Musharraf’s return to Pakistan.

‘Nothing of the sort was discussed between them’, Stroh added.