Karachi- Former president Pervez Musharraf has urged MQM chief Altaf Hussain to take steps to improve the tainted image of his party, which has often been associated with violence, killings and extortion.

In an interview, he said that no political party should be allowed to possess weapons and ammunitions, which remain the domain of security institutions. The former president said that the ongoing tug-of war between the MQM and security agencies, was not in the interest of the country.

Answering a question, he said that martial law was no solution to the current problems, but a change of government was the need of the hour. “The army should not impose martial law, but change should now come through the Supreme Court, which should revoke the 2013 elections and form an interim government for fresh polls,” he said. “Everyone says the 2013 elections were rigged and the Election Commission also accepts this.”

Answering another question, Musharraf said party leaders were acting like dictators and they could deprive anybody of their membership of the assembly. He said the country’s issues were not being solved and the graph of the government’s performance was falling.

Responding to a question about the ‘third power’ in the country, he said the PML-N and the PPP have ruled four times each and have destroyed the country.

“There is a need for a new force. I place myself in a big role and not in a regional one. I do not long for any role nor do I wish to do so. But, I insist all those responsible in the government should be able and honest.”

On a question about a foreign hand in Baluchistan, he said there were separatists, sectarian and linguistic movements working in the province. He said that terrorists were hiding in South Punjab, and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi along with other such outfits were active.
Responding to a question on Kashmir, he said that his suggestions to resolve the issue were also praised by the Indian authorities as well. He said that the suggestions included self-governance in Kashmir, keeping intact the LoC without mentioning the border and six different points for transportation.