Former Pakistani President Musharraf launches political party

11:03, October 02, 2010      

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Former Pakistani President General(retd.) Pervez Musharraf launched a new political party on Friday in London and announced that he is formally joining politics and that he would return to the country for the next election.

"I am announcing today that I have formally entered politics," the former military president said.

He announced the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and said that the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah had also launched a party with the same name.

Musharraf's press conference was showed live in Pakistan on private TV channels, who apologized to the people of Pakistan over what he called political mistakes in final years of his rule. He did not specify his political mistakes.

Musharraf served as the 10th president of Pakistan (2001-2008) and the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army (1998-2007).

He took power in October 1999 following a nonviolent military coup and subsequent ouster of the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

In August 2008, Musharraf resigned from the post of president under impeachment pressure from the coalition government. He was succeeded in September 2008 by Asif Ali Zardari duly elected as Pakistan's 11th president.

"We should put Pakistan on the track of development," Musharraf said, asking the people to unite on one platform for Pakistan.

"The APML will launch holy war against poverty and illiteracy," he said. He introduced his green and white color party.

In Pakistan, Musharraf's supporters gathered in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and several other cities to watch live his London press conference.

However, the former Pakistani president is facing several charges including the murder of Baloch tribal elder Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said last month that Musharraf will face trial if he returns home.

Musharraf told the BBC on Thursday he might be killed if returned to Pakistan now.

"I am not worried over threats to my life," Musharraf said amidst clapping by his supporters in London.

"I invite all people to join all Pakistan Muslim League Party and make it strong," the former president said. He also highlighted several points of his manifesto.

Source: Xinhua


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