Former President Pervez Musharraf will not launch his party today and will not come back to Pakistan anytime soon, PML-Q Chairman Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, once Musharraf’s steadfast loyalist, said in an exclusive interview with Express TV.
As Musharraf gears up for a political comeback, most politicians in Pakistan have dismissed his new venture into politics as a non-event.
“It will just be a moo-dekhayi,” said Chaudhry Shujaat who had once given Musharraf legal cover for his undemocratic ways. “He won’t launch his party today as no one is joining his party.”
The leader of the PML-Q, who has recently merged his party with other PML factions under the leadership of Pir Pagara, dismissed Musharraf’s spokesperson’s statement that the merger was manoeuvred by Musharraf himself.
“He should join our party and then talk about leading it,” laughed Chaudhry Shujaat.
Chaudhry Shujaat claimed that the murder of Nawab Bugti was one of the reasons for Musharraf’s demise.
The veteran politician said that Akbar Bugti was murdered by the authorities at the time and that if required he would give an honest testimony if murder charges are brought against Musharraf.
Bugti was killed in August 2006 in a military operation launched by General Musharraf.
Chaudhry Shujaat and Secretary General PML-Q Mushaid Hussain, who were the civilian faces of the military-led government attempted to make peace between Musharraf and Bugti. The full interview will be telecast today (Friday) at 8pm on Express 24x7.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2010.
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