Musharraf to return to politics

Musharraf to return to politics

Agency News

The former Pakistan military ruler, General  Pervez Musharraf, plans to return to politics on October 6 after being inactive for over a year due to his deteriorating health, one of his top aides disclosed.

General (retd) Musharraf, 76, who has been living in Dubai since March 2016, is facing a treason case for suspending the Constitution in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014. A conviction for high treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Founder of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Gen Musharraf took a backseat from political activities last year due to health reasons. He now plans a comeback following an improvement in his condition, a party official was quoted as saying.

The former President is suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease due to build-up of an abnormal protein, amyloid, in organs and tissues throughout the body, according to his family. The APML General Secretary, Ms.  Mehreen Malik, said the former president had received medical treatment at a hospital in London for 12 days last month.

'Now he is feeling better and back at his residence in Dubai.' She said the General had also held a meeting with party officials.  'He will fully resume his political activities with the consultation of doctors.'

She added, 'He is being examined by a team of doctors every day.' She said on General Musharraf’s instructions, the APML was resuming its political activities across Pakistan.

'He [Gen. Musharraf] will address the party’s 9th foundation day ceremony in Islamabad through video link on October 6.' The party official said the former president would also make important political announcements soon.

Gen. Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, has been declared a fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto assassination and the Red Mosque cleric killing case.