Musharraf To Launch Party Next Month

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Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said he will formally launch his political party next month.He is expected to announce the establishment of the All Pakistan Muslim League in London on 1 October.Speaking in Hong Kong, Mr Musharraf told reporters he would return to Pakistan for the next national elections, scheduled for 2013.The former president went into exile in 2008 after his allies were beaten in elections; he now lives in London.Mr Musharraf announced earlier this year he would set up the All Pakistan Muslim League to address

He is expected to announce the establishment of the All Pakistan Muslim League in London on 1 October.Pervez Musharraf said he hoped "to bring about a new political culture" in Pakistan

Speaking in Hong Kong, Mr Musharraf told reporters he would return to Pakistan for the next national elections, scheduled for 2013.

The former president went into exile in 2008 after his allies were beaten in elections; he now lives in London.

Mr Musharraf announced earlier this year he would set up the All Pakistan Muslim League to address "the crises facing Pakistan", and the party began a public recruitment campaign.

By returning to politics in Pakistan, the 67-year-old says he hoped "to bring about a new political culture to the country".

"I'm going to declare a party on 1 October," news agency AFP quoted him as saying in Hong Kong on Wednesday, on the sidelines of an investors' conference. "We have to bring about a new political culture in Pakistan."

Mr Musharraf acknowledged that if he did go back he would have to face some legal cases, but said he was not worried about it.

"There are elements opposed to me, political elements, and they are the ones who engineer these cases," he said. "One has to face that. I'm very confident nothing can happen."

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf speaks to journalists after attending the CLSA Investors Forum in Hong Kong September 15, 2010.

 He has been talking for some time about the possibility of returning.

Last week, he told the BBC he would be standing for a seat in the 2013 parliamentary elections. From there he said he hoped to become either prime minister or president.

He seized power in 1999 when, as chief of Pakistan's army, he ousted elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a coup.

 

source: BBC