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APML unveils manifesto


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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.—Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on Monday revealed its manifesto for the upcoming elections.

Addressing the unveiling ceremony of his party’s manifesto, held amid tight security at his farmhouse in Chak Shehzad near Islamabad, APML chief Pervez Musharraf said he had done nothing wrong but was ready to go to jail if the courts ordered it.

“I have a conviction in my heart that I have not done anything wrong,” he said.

“The only thing in my heart was to save Pakistan and now I am here I have the same commitment, that I will save Pakistan.”

Musharraf is currently fighting a barrage of legal battles in court, including his implication in the case of former PM Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killing in a military operation and treason charges for sacking judges and imposing emergency in 2007.

Asked what he would do if he lost the cases and was sentenced to prison, Musharraf told reporters: “If that is the decision, I am ready to go.”

Revealing his party’s manifesto, Musharraf said it was modeled on the APML election manifesto of 2010 and was better than all other political parties, adding that it was linked with Sura Al Imran.

Last week, the former military chief told CNN that he had authorised some US drone missile strikes on Pakistani soil during his 1999-2008 rule but on Monday he said he was now “totally against” them.

Musharraf also vowed in his manifesto speech that, if elected into power, he would not allow any external forces to intervene in Pakistan, and that his party would work to further strengthen the country.

The former military strongman said that one of the biggest ills affecting the country was nepotism and favouritism and his party would take all measures to root out corruption, especially in government circles and among the rich and powerful.

Musharraf also said that alleviating the people’s despair and protecting Pakistan against external and internal threats were major parts of his party’s manifesto. The APML leader also vowed to work for the promotion of peace and prosperity in Pakistan if elected into power.

He also stated that his party had an effective plan for the utilisation of water resources through the construction of the Kalabagh dam.

He said that his party would also evoke strategies to enhance agriculture and improve irrigation in the country.

Reflecting on the country’s politics, Musharraf said he was the only leader who had implemented an effective democracy in the country and, if elected in power, he would ‘restore’ democracy in the country.

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SAL Apr 15, 2013 02:46pm
Musharraf should once again be given a chance to lead the country. His era was much better then the corrupts who have been tested in the past. How shameful of them to contest the election once again.
desert Apr 15, 2013 02:59pm
I love the dawn's inverted commas. It reflects newspapers opinion on a matter.
saif Apr 15, 2013 03:16pm
Great leader, Sadiq ul amin, Honest, trustworthy, strong character, high moral values, sincere to the nation, our hero and our Quaid president Pervaiz Musharraf. Hazaroon saal nargis upni bey noori peh rooti hai, Badi mushkil seh hota hai chuman meh dedawar paidah. This great nation of Islam needs a great leader, one and only Qauid Pervaiz Musharraf. Once we will have this leader Quaid Musharraf, we will have a strong economy, strong armed forces, peace and security, employment for the masses and prosperrity in every sector of life inshallah. Millat ka pass baan hai quaid Pervaiz Musharraf millt hai jism jaan hai quaid pervaiz musharraf rukhta hai dil meh taab o tawan 18 crore ki keh ney ko natawan hai quaid pervaiz musharraf Ae qoum apnay quaid pervaizx musharraf key qadar kur God bless Pervaiz Musharraf, God bless Pakistan,
Rizwan khan Apr 15, 2013 03:16pm
He ,musharraf has a good heart with Pakistan being his foremost concern,i think he should be given a chance,but this time he should be vary of facist party that misled him and brought his downfall.Carry on musharraf, only be careful,and let go of ego and learn from history
mehmood h. bhanji Apr 15, 2013 03:41pm
The field will never be level for him to contest the election, but thats Pakistan. He should be commended to back to Pakistan and serve possibly. If he would only take "I" out form his plan and present his plans with a team or his Party can do for Pakistan may be then more people will be able to understand him better. Atleast I would
Shahid Apr 15, 2013 03:59pm
Musharraff you are the best!
Adil Malik Apr 15, 2013 04:05pm
I have been out of Pakistan since the age of 16 and have been back once almost 15 years ago. I had the opportunities to watch President Musharaf on America's mainstream television answering and debating Pakistani issues. I have yet to hear one Pakistani leader with so much knowledge, courage, and patriotic spontaneous rebuts to so many self-serving, arrogant and ignorant mainstream media's questions and comments that only a true Pakistani patriot can do. No Pakistani leader including Zulifqar Ali Bhutto has the courage, presence of mind and an amazing knowledge to put the Zio-NeoCons on right places where they belong. President Musharaf, considering a few mistakes that he accepts the blames for, is by far the most couragious and knowledgeable Pakistani leader living today. Pakistan has witnessed President Musharaf's pros and cons during his presidency and knows this many more than any other leader. I hope the sell-out Shareef Nawaz won't be considered as he is only looking for his family's fortunes to increase at Pakistan's expense. As far as the crickerter Imran Khan, he is a shill for the Zionists and the USA. I would vote for President Musharaf if I was in Pakistan.
Hajira Apr 15, 2013 05:01pm
I hope he comes back into power
naeemmiqbal Apr 15, 2013 05:37pm
Power is addictive. We hope you get a cell in the prison.
Sarwat Hasan Apr 15, 2013 05:45pm
The country was stable when he was in the office. Everyone makes mistakes, the only perfect being is Allah and only Allah, did he make mistakes, Yes. Was he corrupt, No. He is no traitor, he is an ardent patriot, I am surprised that Imran, is failing to recognize a fellow patriot. If Musharraf becomes the President and Imran becomes the Prime Minister, Pakistan will be flying in clouds. These two are only two leaders in Pakistan who can eradicates our problems. Its not about our personal feelings, issues or sentiments but rather about PAKISTAN. Long Live Pakistan, Long Live Musharraf, and Long Live Imran.
Ahmed Apr 15, 2013 05:50pm
so except for the Kalabagh dam, Musharraf's saying he'll do the exact opposite of what he did again and again in his 10 year rule??? Funny...just for the record, I used to be quite a big supporter of his, that is before he went senile and took that panga with the judiciary (not that I support the judiciary either)
karuli Apr 15, 2013 06:15pm
what a liar he is. 10 years in power and still ask more time to do what he could do in his previous tenure.
Muhammad Apr 15, 2013 06:19pm
I hope they leave him alone from the false cases against him, elect him to power and give him the opportunity to put the country back on track. Musharraf and Imran Khan are the only hope for saving Pakistan at this critical juncture of time. If that does not happen, everyone in Pakistan should start digging his own grave, because that will be the only place to stay in peace.
tariq Apr 15, 2013 06:33pm
He is the only leader who can take Pakistan out of its present grave problems. only the currupt and dishonest fever him.
Mustafa Apr 15, 2013 07:53pm
Pervez Musharraf is the leader Pakistan needs at this critical time. However, please do not make fun of him as what you are saying, sounds like joke.
Zak Apr 15, 2013 07:58pm
Musharaf is now a politician and knows his mistakes made as a man in uniform.
Mohsin Apr 15, 2013 08:39pm
Too late Mushy. We will all support PTI. All you people have been tried and failed paythetically. Your NRO destroyed this country for the last five years while you were on honeymoon. I will never support you. PTI Zindabad
Nasr Apr 15, 2013 08:56pm
Yes, in an uneduacted country it takes a lot of time to settle. The irony is uneducated wadera shahi and bigots ruling class has been the hallmark of this nation and compounded the failures to do what a good ruler tried.
Nasr Apr 15, 2013 09:09pm
His an articulate person and definitely knows what he is talking about. Keeps his grasp on all kind of talk shows. The long convention with news stalwart organized by India Today Enclave 2009 still available online was a hallmark of his intelligence where he silenced the most. He is a kind of person which Pakistan do need today. This man of word has already accepted his mistakes and have regretted his harsh decisions. But then there were people around him who were part of his decisions but none of the Bigots have mustered a single word for him.
zaib Apr 15, 2013 09:34pm
I think people have seen the era of democratic gov of ppp and also pml(N),there is nothing in this gov except gathering money fight for seats taking n forgiving loans in politician n their relatives but along them v have seen people cryin for food,job,their loved ones life security business losses bcz of load sheding of eletricity gas and everything but these all things were not in marshal law of Perwaiz Musharaf.If we compare this democretic gov with Mr pervaiz musharaf then u can see the diffirence.All the politicians have nothing in their heart for peopl of country except their seats.In Musharaf uncle time he set a bar of prosperity for people,increased our morals,there were jobs security respect of green pasport,invesments of foreign companies,no loadshedings,economical boost infact we were proud pakistanies but now again we r like now before 1999 era.same compitition of poltical jackal fight we r waching as we have seen in our childhood.More proofis that all the rejctions has been cleard against all the currupt politicians this is judiciary and the person who has seriously did for country is still nt capble fr elections.this is revenge of judiciary.ALL the parties are against Mr Musharaf bcz they couldnt get chance for getting seats in gov n coldnt get chance for gathering money.Anywayz in short if Allah has to bless this country then we wll have Pervaiz Musharaf if not so then same these political monsters wii come bcz Allah says their is cruel leader for cruel people.May Allah give long life to Musharaf uncle.