Musharraf to unveil manifesto on Oct 1

Published: September 18, 2010
Prominent political figures in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to join party.

Prominent political figures in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to join party.

PESHAWAR: Former president Pervez Musharraf will unveil the manifesto of the newly launched All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on October 1, a senior party aide said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, Major General (Retd) Rashid Qureshi of the APML said that the former president was also making preparations to return to the country. “The rulers have plundered the nation’s wealth and I appeal the people to join hands with Musharraf to avert the challenges faced by the country,” said Qureshi, who was flanked by former federal minister Barrister Ali Saif.

Qureshi was speaking after Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) central additional information secretary Moazam Butt had announced that he had joined the APML.

He said: “The sitting rulers cannot be considered as the true leaders since they have led the country towards destruction and created economic problems for the nation”.

Qureshi pointed out that Musharraf had collected Rs260 million for the welfare of the flood survivors in addition to his personal donation of Rs10 million. Musharraf, according to Qureshi, had the qualities required to lead the country and devise plans for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the country and its people.

Barrister Saif said that the APML had already been launched last March. The party’s chief Musharraf would announce his programme and vision for improvement of the country’s economic conditions on October 1.

The party has already launched membership drives in three provinces of the country. A similar drive in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is in the process, with several prominent political figures promising to join the new grouping. Barrister Saif said that the APML would not be a secular party as Pakistan was an Islamic country and every step would be taken in accordance with the constitution.

Regarding the criminal cases against Musharraf, he said that the former president had not committed any crime and the cases against him were baseless. He said that the FIR against the killing of former Baloch leader Akbar Khan Bugti was very weak, as he was killed during a military operation which had left several army officers dead as well. However, he said that the government had formed a judicial commission for this purpose and its finding had yet to come to light.

Moazam Butt disclosed that PML-Q’s president in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Amir Muqam had also wished to join the party and would attend a meeting of Musharraf’s party in London soon.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Usama
    Sep 18, 2010 - 9:46AM

    Can’t wait for 1st October!!Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Sep 18, 2010 - 1:03PM

    I wish 1st OCt is tomorrow …………………………..!!!!Recommend

  • Sep 18, 2010 - 2:24PM

    Although I don’t personally favour musharradf’s joining the politics. He has had the highest office and was a powerful ruler. What more does he want now. But he as a true patriot, can’t be a silent spectator to the corruption and misdeeds of the present rulers. So, he wants to serve the people and steer the country out of morass. If people of pakistan want to save their motherland from the clutches of present corrupt and self-centered clique of politicians of no clear vision, they should support general musharraf wholeheartedly.If I have to mention a single out of his many achaievements, I will say his biggest achievement was to come out of the clutches of the biggest tool of today’s
    neo-imerialism, International Monetary Fund (IMF). IMF gives loans to the third world countries and later controls the economy of the borrowing countries. Pakistan would have seen the real development and its people would have enjoyed its fruits had musharraf got another term of office in 2008.Recommend

  • Dr Kamran Khan
    Sep 18, 2010 - 3:44PM

    east of west… Musharraf is the best.
    he is the only one who can unite the institutions of this country. For the first time in history, army and civilian govt will be on the same page, if he wins…his party has a balanced mix of pashtun, punjabi , sindhi and baluchi people. He himself urdu speaker and his wife punjabi…I can dare to dream to a united Pakistan… Pakistan First…Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Sep 18, 2010 - 4:06PM

    Eagerly waiting for the 1st October… Recommend

  • Aristo
    Sep 18, 2010 - 4:28PM

    The stage is set for Mr. Musharraf, all he has to do is to play the cards right. He would have to do the right thing at the right time at the right place. Well, he himself says that he has been a fortunate man, lets see if the lady luck allows him to fill into the power vacuum. Recommend

  • mussarat
    Sep 20, 2010 - 6:20AM

    Where he will unveil “Manifesto”? of his party London, Dubai. Hongkong, Singapore, New Delhi or Lahore?

    The would-be politician had no moral and political courage to atleast condole the death of Imran

    Farooq, the MQM Leader, unfortunately assassinated in London recently.

    Mush only specializes in Ordinances, NRO’s, he has nothing to do with politics.

    For God sake leave Pakistan alone.

    The entire nation is divided into ethnic and religious particles where every one is branded

    “Wajib ul Qatal”, be he is “Ahmedi, Shia or Barelvi or frequent visitor of Data Darbar”.


  • Sep 20, 2010 - 7:25AM

    lets seeRecommend

  • Salman
    Sep 20, 2010 - 9:13AM

    But Musharraf provided NRO to these corrupt politicians ?????

    whats his problem now ?? Recommend

  • Patriot
    Sep 20, 2010 - 10:57AM

    @ Salman…but these corrupt politicians got the votes from people of pakistan… whats your problem then…at that time the ordinance was issued all everyone was thinking was the “Heroic return of the daughter of the East”….no journalist dared criticise NRO then..what happened after that?Recommend

  • saad
    Sep 20, 2010 - 12:32PM

    returning home is a great feeling! and nothing beats it when a ‘brave’ and ‘principled’ soldier returns home. did i hear someone say ‘pigeon chested’? well, atiqa odho can answer that. Recommend

  • saad
    Sep 20, 2010 - 2:59PM

    P.S. anyone missing shaukat aziz? (do you atiqa?) after all he and the kargil hero were like ‘starsky and hutch’, ‘laurel and hardy’, ‘beavis and butthead’, ‘melvin and jenkins’…in other words: a team! more ordinances anyone? ain’t we suffering (from or say with ‘A’ to ‘Z’ -given to us on a golden platter) because of NRO? and all M’s fans out there, ever thought why was moderate or oh so cool and hip pakistan was just confined to karachi, lahore and islambad (yeah ‘bad’ as spelled in the preface of ‘in the line of fire’).Recommend

  • Zafar
    Sep 21, 2010 - 1:59PM

    How useful is the Democracy for a country where people select the men like these to run the country and to hold the highest offices. It is unfortunate, some people are willing to support current regime with all its corruption and disabilities just to oppose Musharraf. Pakistan needs a political culture change where good, honest and capable people are to be placed and run the affairs and the politics should be revolve around the well being of the people of Pakistan. Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 10, 2010 - 3:20PM

    We love Musharaf………………….Recommend

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