APML says Musharraf to return to run election drive

  • Dr Amjad says APML wants to become part of the political system through the election process

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Chairman Pervez Musharraf will return after Eid-ul-Fitr and will participate in party’s campaign for the general elections, likely to be held in July.

Addressing a press conference here, he announced that Musharraf would return to Pakistan but his final date of arrival will be announced once the Supreme Court (SC) announce a decision in his (Musharraf’s) appeal against disqualification to contest the elections.

He said that the former ruler will return to the country and lead his party in the elections even if the court couldn’t decide the appeal in his favour. It was also announced that Musharraf would contest 2018 elections from four constituencies including Chitral, Jhang, Gawadar and Karachi.

Dr Amjad said that APML wants to become part of the political system through the election process. “We don’t believe in any other non-political system,” he said and negated the rumors about any imminent deal through which Musharraf to become president. He said that APML would participate in the elections through seat adjustment with its allied parties.

In the next couple of days, the party would announce its final candidates from ‘all over’ Pakistan, he said. On June 1, the APML Core Committee had a meeting in Dubai that was presided over by Musharraf. It was decided that APML would participate in the elections from all over Pakistan and would issue tickets to the aspiring candidates on merit.

Talking about his allied parties, Dr Amjad said that the coalition don’t have a common election symbol. Therefore, “we have decided to contest these polls on the basis of seat adjustment wherever we felt it necessary,” he said. “Our allied parties would contest elections on their own election symbols,” he said.

He said that the Supreme Court would announce its judgment in Musharraf’s appeal against disqualification for life on Thursday (today). The life time ban was imposed on Musharraf for November 3, 2007 emergency. Dr Amjad expressed his hope that the apex court would deliver justice in this case.

To a question, the APML president said that Musharraf would land at the Islamabad International Airport soon after the announcement of the return date. On the occasion, APML chief organizer Faqeer Hussain Bukhari briefed the media about the party’s candidates and it’s preparations for the elections.