Musharraf says has abandoned APML chairmanship, not politics


KARACHI: Former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said that he has abandoned the chairmanship of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) but not politics.

In a video message, the former head of state said that he stepped down from the party office after legal consultation and added that Dr Amjad has been named chairman while Mehreen Malik Adam will be the secretary general of the party.

Musharraf said that he had plans to return to the country to take part in the coming general elections, but there were hurdles in the realisation of such plans.

Listing out reasons behind his decision not to return home, Musharraf demanded that his disqualification verdict should be suspended as was done in the case of PML-N leader Khawaja Asif. He added that he should be allowed to run for the polls and address public gatherings.

Like former premier Nawaz Sharif, his name should also not be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), he said, adding that he should also not be arrested upon arrival in Pakistan.

A day earlier, Musharraf resigned as chief of APML, a political party he formed in 2010.


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