Former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on Sunday denounced treason charges against him as a "vendetta", and said he had the
backing of the country's powerful army.
He told reporters the "whole army" was upset with the treason allegations, in his first comments to international media since he was put under house arrest in April.
"I would say the whole army is upset. I have led the army from the front," Musharraf told reporters. "I have no doubt with the feedback that I received that the whole army is... Totally with me on this issue."
The treason charges relate to Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, and if found guilty he could face the death penalty or life imprisonment.
An initial hearing in the case, being heard by a special tribunal, was halted on December 24 after explosives were found along the route Musharraf was to take to court.
"The way this tribunal was formed, which involved the prime minister and the ex-chief justice, this itself smacks a little bit of a vendetta," he said.
Musharraf's lawyers have dismissed the charges as an attempt by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who Musharraf ousted in a coup in 1999, to settle old scores through the courts.
There have been persistent rumours that a deal would be struck to let Musharraf leave the country before facing the courts to avoid a clash between the army and government. But no deal has been forthcoming and last week, speaking publicly for the first time since his house arrest began, Musharraf vowed to stay and fight to clear his name.
As the treason case has drawn closer, Musharraf's team have stepped up their media campaign in an effort to enlist international support.