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Musharraf prepares to storm Pak politics
Islamabad, Jul 8 (IANS/EFE):
Published on 8 Jul. 2010 11:45 PM IST
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Former president and ex-chief of Pakistan Army Pervez Musharraf has secured himself a launchpad for his return to the country from his exile in London: a political party which is founded with the desire of bringing about “a great change”.
“We are happy. There is still a lot of work to do, but we have the concept, the objectives and the will,” asserted retired General Rashid Qureshi, who was the military and presidential spokesperson for Musharraf and is now one of the “masterminds” behind the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
The APML emulates the name of the historical Muslim party that played a decisive role in the independence of Pakistan in 1947, after decades of struggle for freedom from the dominion of British Empire.
The official launch of the party took place quietly in the southern metropolis of Karachi in June where its leaders announced that the party wants to be for “all Pakistanis” without distinction of religion, ethnicity or social class.
“The people of Pakistan are tired of the government’s incompetence. It is time for a great change,” Qureshi told EFE, and affirmed that the party “has already been registered” and hopes to establish headquarters in all the big cities and provincial councils.
According to a party source, the party has organised various events in other important places of Pakistan like Lahore and the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, since its launch in Karachi.
Some of its leaders are currently in Dubai to meet Musharraf and design a strategy for the new formation.
The source also revealed that this month there could be a launch of the party in London, but added that the final decision is yet to be taken and that it depends on the political situation in Pakistan.
The most notable thing about the new party is that its existence might be the preamble to the come back to the country of retired General Musharraf, who according to Qureshi “would return soon” to Pakistan to head the organisation and to contest the next elections.

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