Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf should leave the country before the elected government takes charge from the caretakers, PML-N has stressed the army chief,
Sources privy to the details of the meeting between General Kayani and Nawaz Sharif claimed the party-in-waiting to lead the government at Centre, Punjab and Balochistan told the army chief that Pervez Musharraf should leave the country before they were sworn in.
PML-N which has reportedly pardoned the ex-president under the pressure of international guarantors now desires that Musharraf should not be on the issues’ list of the country when they take charge to avoid the public pressure over the former president’s alleged directives, involving some shocking incidents in Pakistan.
Barrister Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a close aide of Musharraf and his lead counsel, avoided a direct comment and said, “Many prominent politicians have their homes in Dubai and London and go abroad from time to time. Musharraf also owns residences abroad and can go there.”
However, he said, “Leaving the country for good in any case will end the political career of Musharraf as well as APML the party he founded from abroad, but came back to strengthen its roots in the country.”
“Musharraf has faced a tough time at home after his arrival and he should thank his international friends,” Kasuri said, adding he did not need to leave the country.”
Meanwhile, insiders in the APML, revealing the details of Musharraf’s flight from Pakistan, maintained that international guarantors had intensified their efforts to rescue the former president and he was likely to land in Dubai after leaving the country.
They claimed that modalities for an honourable exit of Musharraf were being discussed by the officials concerned of state and international guarantors of the former president. They added Musharraf was most likely to fly from Pakistan a little earlier before the new rulers took charge from the caretakers.
However, they refused to divulge the details of the modalities being discussed or finalised so far by the international guarantors of Musharraf and the state’s quarters concerned.
PML-Zia chief Ijaz-ul-Haq, who is believed to be close to the real establishment in the country, has also claimed in a press conference that Pervez Musharraf will leave the country before the elected government takes charge from the caretakers.
When this correspondent asked him about some details supporting his claim, Ijaz said Musharraf would leave and that had been decided. He added those who wanted to stop Musharraf from leaving the country might have a little time at hand to take action.