Musharraf expected to announce return to Pak in September

      Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will announce the manifesto of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party, as well as the date of his return to Pakistan in September. APML Chief Coordinator Chaudhry Shahbaz announced this on Sunday during a press conference in Lahore . He said that Musharraf would face all charges against him, adding that the government is even free to probe Nawab Akbar Bugti’s assassination and the Lal Mosque carnage. Shahbaz also disclosed that his party had been in touch with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leaders for the last three months for a possible unification, and said that both the factions would soon assemble on a platform. He said that they would soon call on PML-Functional chief Pir Pagaro, leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other political parties in Sindh this month, The Dawn reports. He also said that if invited, the APML could join the alliance recently formed by three League factions. Reports regarding Musharraf’s return to Pakistan have been doing rounds in the media for a long time now, but it is believed that he is unlikely to take a flight back to Pakistan amidst demands for his high treason trial, particularly from the main opposition party’s (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif. Several cases are pending against Musharraf in courts across Pakistan , and the UN enquiry commission’s report also held his regime responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

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