Imran should be next prime minister: Musharraf


ISLAMABAD: Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf on Saturday while praising Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said that the former cricketer turned politician has a very good chance of being elected as the country’s new prime minister in the general elections 2018.

“His [Imran’s] popularity is on the rise, and he has the potential to improve the country’s situation and do something beneficial for Pakistan,” said the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) leader while speaking to a local news channel.

Gen (r) Musharraf emphasised that Imran was a ‘better’ choice than Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.

“Both of them have had four chances to serve the nation,” Musharraf pointed out.

Furthermore, he added that Imran, unlike his opponents, was an honest and selfless man who has the ability to bring about positive change if he is supported in the upcoming general elections.

Recalling the incident on May 12, 2007, in Karachi, the APML chief said that former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry wished to visit the Quaid’s Mausoleum but was advised to use a helicopter due to security issues.

He also added that supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) including women and children had taken hold of the streets, while on the other hand, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s supporters were inside buildings.

He could not recall who started the firing that ensued in the deaths of 45 people who belonged to various political parties but maintained that the blame was conveniently pinned on him.