Musharraf's return in political limelight

Published: September 16, 2010
Malik said that former President Pervez Musharraf should return to Pakistan and face the cases against him. PHOTO: AFP

Malik said that former President Pervez Musharraf should return to Pakistan and face the cases against him. PHOTO: AFP

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that former President Pervez Musharraf should return to Pakistan and face the cases against him just like the leadership of the PPP is facing cases in the courts.

Malik was speaking to the media outside the Election Commission in Islamabad.

He denied media reports about writing a letter to Musharraf and allegedly cautioning the former president about security threats upon his return to Pakistan.

“Musharraf is a Pakistani citizen and he can come back whenever he wants,” he said.

‘Musharraf’s party is just a dream’

Pir Pagara, chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) said that the next prime minister of Pakistan is going to be from his party.

He went on to say former president Musharraf’s party is just a dream and that it has no credibility since he is an army man first and a politician second.

He said that the MQM cannot really reach a national level because it tenders only to its own ethnic and political base in Karachi. He spoke out against most political parties asserting that the next prime minister would be from his party.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Yousaf
    Sep 16, 2010 - 4:51PM

    Did Pagara just said that about Musharraf? Strange as he is good friend of Musharraf. Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Sep 16, 2010 - 5:15PM

    If any one understand that
    Musharraf is a army man not political leader
    not have enough political sense,
    he is wrong.

    He know there are criminal cases,
    registered against him
    and the circumstances are not favorable for him.

    The fact is that
    he waiting the forthcoming election 2013
    and now busy in forming the party,
    naming All Pakistan Muslim League .

    before this,
    if, as MQM chief said,”any general and action like martial law”
    it will happened former president would come to the country
    like mighty flood to fill the vacuum
    with bright chances to become president or prime minister.

    People of Pakistan remember him
    because present set up has failed
    to provide any relief to the public.Recommend

  • Tajdar O. Chaudry
    Sep 16, 2010 - 6:01PM

    Its ironic how Rehman Malik suggests that Musharraf face the courts just like the current leadership faced them. The fact that the current leadership has made a subtle yet worse mockery of the judicial system than Musharraf seems to escape Mr. Malik. Perhaps a meeting with Mr. Babar Awan can bring him upto speed with the current unfolding of events.

    The General wasnt born and bred in a politically active environment and in my opinion that in itself sets him scores ahead of the travesty that is our current dynastic political framework.

    Whats in a degree, eh? …..Shame.Recommend

  • Chaudhry
    Sep 16, 2010 - 7:24PM

    I Salute Musharaf he’s the best leader in Pakistan after Qaid-e-azam and Bhutto.. in his era Pakistan developed and become stabled but now there’s no political social and economic stability in Pakistan.
    I don’t speak against other parties but i favor musharraf
    Now Once again Pakistan needs a true Leader like Musharaf..
    What kind of Cases are implemented on him??? A Farm house electricity case, a 1.5 Million POunds home case these are nothing…
    He’ll b back and he will B President of Pakistan

  • Hassan
    Sep 16, 2010 - 7:26PM

    I disagree with the blogger. Musharraf has proved himself for better politician and supporter of democracy. During this flood crisis the nation is missing local bodies, but PMLN and PPPP still avoids to hold local bodies elcetions. Both parties want to rule through Gora rule by giving sole powers to DCs, police and potawaries. This is what suit them to win fake elections.

    Musharraf has the courage to admits mistakes, does any of the other politicians has this courage?

    Musharraf you come and we will support you along with our families and friends. Recommend

  • Nasir Jamal
    Sep 16, 2010 - 7:29PM

    I think that Mr. Musharraf must make a very calculated move in returning to country. I am amazed that Rehman Malik is asking Mr. Musharraf to face cases in the courts like PPP leaders. Did they not get the protection of the infamous National Reconciliation Ordinance before daring to set foot in the country.

    Is it not a fact that Benazir Bhutto hobnobbed with international players and returned to Pakistan only after getting their assurances?

    Nawaz Sharif signed an apology and went out of the country for a period of ten years. Why could he not face cases against him in the courts?

    Pervez Musharraf, even a military ruler, was far more democratic than our so-called democratic leaders. Unfortunately for our leaders, democracy ends at the elections and thereafter there is only loot and plunder.Recommend

  • Sep 16, 2010 - 7:56PM

    Mr Rahman Malik, When you say General Musharraf should face the cases just like the PPP leadership is facing cases in the courts, you aren’t telling the whole truth about your PPP’s accused persons. You have devised a shrewed strategy to ensure they are not convicted. The state prosecution does fight the case but on a very very weak ground. In
    such cases weak witnesses are produced and some cases are withdrawn in the courts. Moreover, judiciary at the lower level is not all that clean. Some judges have political or personal leanings which also help the PPP accused persons getting scot free. Will you adopt the same tactics in musharraf’f ‘trial’ as you are using in the trial of your party people?Recommend

  • Sep 16, 2010 - 9:56PM

    Musharraf is indispensable. Recommend

  • Mussarat Hussain
    Sep 18, 2010 - 10:43PM

    Please visit Miani Sahab graveyard on “Thursday” evening and offer Fateha for your dears and


    You will be amazed to see thousands of “Indespensible” are lying quitely in grave while worldly

    affairs are running as usual. World doesn’t comes to cease with the death of an individual. It

    will continue to exist Sir.

    How many indispensible Pakistan has produced, none.

    Face reality and live like a dariing person.

    Mussarat Husssain
    Washington DCRecommend

  • Mian
    Sep 19, 2010 - 5:09PM

    Yes, not only Musharaf but all who are in self exile must come back to homeland and face the court charges registered in their names.Any body who hold PAKISTANI PASSPORT, NIC or have any kind of property in our homeland MUST stay min. 6 months in Pakistan , otherwise all his belongings should be nationalised.Present legistative body should pass a bill and implement is with immediate effect.Keep the resonse under observation , otherwise more stringent law may be implement. No need to run away,Almighty Allah has fixed the day & date of each creature.Recommend

  • Mussarat Hussain
    Sep 19, 2010 - 7:03PM

    Thanks Mian Jee. I fully agree with you and endorse your comments and views about leaders in self-exile who should surrender their properties in Pakistan.

    You will be the first to reach London or New York, if you get visa of these countries.

    You are good enough to live in that turbulent society where people are committing suicide in front of Prime Minister House, Multan, two brothers are lynched in Sialkot and a stoning of man in Gujrat.

    Do you think people living in UK, Canada or USA will respond to your call ?

    Please visit Miani Sahab Graveyard every Thursday and offer fateha for your nears and dears
    see “thousands of Indispensables” representing different shades of society and political parties are dictators are sleeping quitely and waiting for The Day of Judgement”, respected Mian Ji.

    God Bless Pakastan, Amin.
    Allah Hafaz Pakastan DA., Allah Abad Rakhey, Amin.

    Mussarat Hussain
    Washington DCRecommend

  • Corry Francis, Karachi, Pakistan
    Sep 23, 2010 - 12:08PM

    Musharaf is our hope and that of Pakistan’s too. The transparency, and courageousness shown during his time when facing media or any body and his speech with facts and figures adds stars to his credibility even if some think what all he said was a lie. I would then say he’s a brilliant liar. No one has faced media and answered them as he has. President Zardari is more of a ghost and seen in all the irrelevant places. His speeches make me want to puke how can our people accept and believe the S— that comes out of his amount. Are we sane? What’s wrong with us? Time and again we are drugged by these leaders into believing there empty promises. There sweet talk is “LIKE OPIUM TO THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN”.

    IT’s time for a new leader. Pakistan needs it. Recommend

  • khan
    Oct 11, 2010 - 11:54AM

    Although Musharaf badaly treat with tribal area but i still in favour of Gen
    because he is not a robber Recommend

  • arif
    Oct 14, 2010 - 12:00PM

    Musharaf is honest.People believes what he says.He is not a liar.He can see in future.He had and has clear goals in his mind.He is our leader, the only leader.ArifRecommend

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