LAHORE: Despite the government’s tactics to delay his homecoming, former president Pervez Musharraf will arrive in Pakistan on January 29, his party, All Pakistan Muslim League’s spokesperson said on Monday.
“Musharraf has fought heroic battles for Pakistan and a man like him who repeatedly put even his life on stake for the country cannot be deterred through such tactics,” Fawad Chaudhry said, commenting on the statements of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan. Malik had said that Musharraf will arrested upon arrival and Wassan took it a step forward by saying that ‘arrangements’ had been made to keep Musharraf in Landhi Jail, Karachi.
The former president announced in a public rally on Sunday that he will return to Pakistan at the end of January, despite court cases in which he has been declared a proclaimed offender.
Chaudhry said that the entire world held Musharraf in high regard as the identity of Pakistan, and it will be unfortunate if the incumbent government arrests him. “It will further damage the ruling coalition’s status at the national and international levels,” he said.
He said that the PPP government itself took oath in 2008 while Musharraf was president and gave him the ‘guard of honour’ when he resigned. “Through his statement, Malik has made a foiled bid to please Nawaz Sharif,” Chaudhry said.
Both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan have disregarded Musharraf’s return to Pakistan as a major occurrence.