Political soothsaying: Musharraf sees ‘change in near future’

Published: March 24, 2015
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Musharraf also reportedly assured his party leaders and workers that his “good days are around the corner” and that he would soon play an effective role in national politics as a liberal political entity. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

Musharraf also reportedly assured his party leaders and workers that his “good days are around the corner” and that he would soon play an effective role in national politics as a liberal political entity. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has asked his supporters to make his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), more active at all levels, hinting at a ‘major political development’ in the country in the near future.

“We will soon organise the APML at all levels,” he told a hurriedly convened meeting of his party’s central executive committee (CEC) in Karachi on Sunday. “Likeminded politicians will also be invited to join hands with the APML for filling the gap in the future,” he added.

Musharraf also reportedly assured his party leaders and workers that his “good days are around the corner” and that he would soon play an effective role in national politics as a liberal political entity.

A senior leader of the APML told The Express Tribune that in recent days, Musharaf has asked his followers to make the party more active.

“It was the reason the party hurriedly convened the CEC meeting to discuss the future scenario and show its political muscle,” he said. “I found the [former] president very optimistic after a long time and I think he has been assured by some quarters that he will have a good role in the country,” said the APML leader.

The party would start its political activities from local government elections as well as from Gilgit-Baltistan general elections, he added.

While commenting on Musharraf’s future role, security and political analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi said, “The military has shown much sympathy for Musharraf as far as his treason trial in the special court was concerned, but there is no logic or reason for it to support him in politics.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • sabi
    Mar 24, 2015 - 5:31AM

    Losers are dreaming so let them dream.Pakistan has recognized her true enemies and is hitting them where they need to be.One by one they will be brought to justice.Coming soon! Recommend

  • Saleem
    Mar 24, 2015 - 6:33AM

    This man is single handedly responsible for the mess country is in today. Whether it is shortage of electricity, NRO or space he gave to Talibans. He was more interested in his power than ruling the country. When judiciary didn’t give him what he wanted from it then he ridiculed them and dragged them in streets.

    He is the responsible for delimitation of Karachi which suited no one but MQM.

    It is a shame after such a record he still wants to give his (rubbish) opinions. Instead, he should spend his last days while playing tabla – he will enjoy that more.Recommend

  • Urooj Saifi
    Mar 24, 2015 - 6:41AM

    count me in Mr.President. Recommend

  • Salim Jan
    Mar 24, 2015 - 7:03AM

    Yes,his prediction will become a living reality if the MQM gets battered in the ongoing targeted operation.MQM will be merged into APML.This seems to be the future of Karachi-based politics.In the rest of the country,he cannot muster up support.Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 24, 2015 - 8:36AM

    He forgets the simple fact that the last time around he signed up for the War on Terror and reaped financial benefits. This time, the world knows the truth behind how he fought it. He is a hot-potato now.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 24, 2015 - 9:18AM

    LoL @ this nobody! No change is going to happen. This Govt will complete its term and may very well win in 2018 as well.Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 24, 2015 - 9:19AM

    Does any critic of Mushraff quote relevant $ figures as proof to say that the country progressed any better under any other leadership? Please don’t use lal masjid and war on terror to support your argument. Just shoot simple economic facts. The country needs to improve employment rate and bring investment to its door. Let go of your egos and embrace change or you will be changed Recommend

  • Faizan
    Mar 24, 2015 - 10:16AM

    @ Usman: Here are some figures for the people who keep complaining about Musharraf!

    http://www.sbp.org.pk/ecodata/FER/forex-28-May-11.pdf

    Boosted FX reserves from a mere USD 3.2bn to USD 15.6bn in just 7 years.Recommend

  • excalibur
    Mar 24, 2015 - 10:41AM

    @Usman:
    For starters just consider why the Dollar / Rupee exchange parity stayed stable at Rs 55 to 60

    that in itself says all about the other macro/ micro economic indicators on his watchRecommend

  • immortal_soloist
    Mar 24, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Musharraf gave a golden era to Pakistan,that this ungrateful nation took for granted. All his actions are proving to be correct. He is a true visionary and leader. Recommend

  • sabi
    Mar 24, 2015 - 6:44PM

    @Usman:
    @immortal_soloist:
    Press machine that produced thousands of fake PhDs only to be rejected by world institutions.That was all in the field of higher education.
    Any mega project?
    Infrastructure ?
    Institution building?
    Energy project?.
    Minority rights?Recommend

  • MI
    Mar 24, 2015 - 7:26PM

    Musharraf is the best leader Pakistan ever had. Love Mushi.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Mar 24, 2015 - 9:32PM

    All my support for you. Salute..Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 24, 2015 - 11:57PM

    Great……..get all six APML members together.Recommend

  • Luciferous
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:29AM

    @immortal_soloist: “He is a true visionary….”

    Have you lost your glasses or need a new prescription?Recommend

  • A Peshawary
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:31PM

    He is not worth being considered as a political leader: media loves to give undue prominence Ex-Generals responsible for whole mess. It is amazing to note that the people claiming to be educated and socially responsible; defend dictators and proven violators of the constitution

    A PeshawaryRecommend

  • Naim
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:38PM

    @Prada: People who have no knowledge or have forgotten, the whole world was with U.S at the time,ultimatum was given you are with us or not, India was willing to join American coalition, Pakistan
    would have been accused of harbouring the taliban, excuse for aerial bombardment all over the country, trade embargo sanctions would have been imposed,and then Pakistan would have been forced into U.S demands etc under there terms and conditions,Musharraf saved Pakistan it’s a fact.Recommend

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