Dubai: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Friday announced the end of his self-imposed exile and said he would return to his country as it needs a third alternative in politics. Musharraf said he would return to Pakistan within one week of the formation of an interim government.
Musharraf said he would land in Karachi, Islamabad or Rawalpindi and will face the cases in the courts. He said his heart was "bleeding" for his country. "I am not going to Pakistan to create enemies. It's time for reconciliation. For all those who love Pakistan, I would like to tell them that I am returning to Pakistan because I love Pakistan".
"Religious terrorism is eating us from the inside. People are destroying Pakistan in the name of religion," he added. Since 2011, there has been repeated reports that Musharraf will return to Pakistan before the next national elections. He had himself said this in many of his media interactions. Sixty-nine-year-old Musharraf had launched his own political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, in June 2010.
Musharraf said his heart was "bleeding" for his country and he was ready to face all the cases against him in the courts.
The former presdient, who has been away from Pakistan since 2008 after the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was elected into power with a coalition government, made the announcement at a press conference in Dubai. Musharraf faces two court warrants for his arrest in connection with the 2006 death of Akbar Bugti and the 2007 assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
(With additional information from PTI)