Claiming that Pakistan was being run to the ground, the country’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has not ruled out a fresh military takeover of the nation. “The state is being run to the ground at the moment, and people are again running to the military to save the country,” Musharraf told a gathering in Aspen in Colorado in the US.
While he maintained that Pakistan’s constitution was “sacrosanct”, the former dictator also questioned: “Should we save the country, and do something unconstitutional or uphold the constitution of the country, and let the state go down?” The comments from the former General, who still retains close ties to the military back home, came as Pakistan is in throes of a political crisis with friction between the executive, judiciary and the military. Vowing to return home on his “own accord”, Musharraf shrugged off calls in his country for Interpol to arrest him saying he was prepared to risk arrest by returning for elections, which he claimed would be held this year.
The former military ruler’s appearance in the US came just days after Pakistan’s federal intelligence agency sent a second reminder to the Interpol to arrest him, labelling him a “proclaimed offender” in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, reports ‘The Guardian’. The General repeated his previous assertions that he would return voluntarily, “even at risk to my life”. “I know I see Pakistan and I know it has all the potential to do well for itself, now at this moment it’s being run to the ground,” said Musharraf who currently lives in the UK and Dubai.
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