Musharraf says he has not quit politics

LAHORE (Sarzameen News)- In a video message, former president Pervez Musharraf on Saturday clarified that he has not quit politics.

Musharraf, who resigned as the chairman of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) a day before, asserted that he stepped down from the post in the light of legal consultation.

Many right and wrong statements are being spread regarding my resignation. The reasons behind my resignation are being speculated. People do not know the truth so I thought of putting forward the reality before the nation, he begun in the video.

Firstly, I want to tell that I had full intention to contest the election, return Pakistan and appear before the courts in all the cases. I was working according to this plan. However; there were some requirements to fulfill this plan, pronounced Musharraf.

I wanted my lifetime disqualification to be overturned as it happened with Khawaja Asif. If it can happen with him, why not me? he said.

Then I asked my name to be removed from Exit Control List (ECL). If Nawaz Sharif has the freedom to move in and outside the country, why can I not have it? he questioned.

Thirdly, I do not want to get arrested. But the judgment was that I will not be held till appearance in court. What will happen afterwards?” asked the former president.

Musharraf said that since those assurances were not provided he decided not to return country after consultation with other APML leaders.

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