Lahore, Dec 19: Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that he plans to return to Pakistan in January, two months ahead of what he had announced previously, as a confrontation appears brewing between the army and the government over the memogate affair.
Musharraf, facing summons from courts in the country, made his intentions known while addressing his All Pakistan Muslim League party workers through video conferencing from London.
The former military ruler said he would be back in the country next month. He had earlier said he planned to return in March.
Though Musharraf did not give any reason for advancing the date of his return, a party spokesman said the current political situation had prompted him to make plans to come back next month to take “active part in politics”.
An anti-terrorism court has declared Musharraf a “proclaimed offender” or fugitive for failing to cooperate with investigators probing the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.
Musharraf has been living outside Pakistan since early 2009. Punjab Governor Latif Khosa recently said Musharraf would be arrested on his return.
Musharraf told the meeting held at Nasser Bagh in Lahore last night that Pakistan needed a change but involving the army in politics would not help solve the problems of the people.
Dragging the military into politics would be fatal for the country, he warned.
He praised the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence, saying they were “guarantors” of Pakistan's solidarity and sovereignty.