Musharraf planning to return to politics: Aide

Former president Parvez Musharraf is planning to return to Pakistan from self-exile and head the newly formed All Pakistan Muslim League, his top aide said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 23:37 PM IST

Islamabad: Former president Parvez
Musharraf is planning to return to Pakistan from self-exile
and head the newly formed All Pakistan Muslim League, his top
aide said on Thursday.
"We have organised co-ordinating councils, we call
them, which are at present involved in recruiting people or
getting people to join All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) which
is the political party, which Inshah Allah, be led by
president Musharraf and will bring the sort of progress and
prosperity to Pakistan that it had in time when Musharraf was
around," retired general Rashid Qureshi said.

Qureshi, who was the military and presidential
spokesperson for Musharraf, has been in the forefront in
setting up the APML.

"You see, earlier on, president Musharraf was not
actively involved in politics. Yes, he was at one time, the
chief executive of the country and later on the President of
Pakistan. But the political side was being handled by the
PML(Q) and all political decisions were taken by Chaudhry
Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Parvez Ilahi, obviously in
consultation with the president," he said.
"Some of these political decisions turned out to be
not very popular with the people of Pakistan," he added.

Musharraf has lived outside Pakistan since mid-April
last year. He left Pakistan after a slew of cases were filed
against him in courts across the country. Musharraf is mostly
based in London after leaving the country.

The former president was forced to step down as army
chief in November 2008 and was earlier barred from active
politics in the country for two years.

PTI