Pervez Musharraf (photo, from topnews.in), Pakistan’s former military ruler, has said he will go back to the country before the next elections, due in 2013.
He said he is forming a new political party with a view to returning to politics.
Now living in London, Musharraf has been talking about the possibility of returning for some months, but now his plans are firming up.
He said he will be standing for a seat in the next parliament and that from there he hopes to becomre either prime minister or president.
“I believe very strongly that it’s better to try and fail rather than not try and go down without trying,” he said.
“At this moment we see darkness all over in Pakistan, we have to show light, we have to show an alternative, a viable alternative where the people see light and gain some confidence.”
‘New political culture’
When asked whether he had already has his chance and that it was time to give others an opportunity to lead he answered that because he was in uniform last time, he lacked legitimacy internationally.
“I can’t be sure of becoming president again but I believe there is a good chance of my winning”, he said.
Arguing that the opinion polls can be manipulated, he dismissed his low standing in them, adding that his popularity is increasing.
The retired general also acknowledged that if he did go back to Pakistan he would have to face some legal cases and he said there would be risk of his being killed.
But he said he would answer every allegation against him.
“A time has come in Pakistan when we need to introduce a new political culture, a culture which can take Pakistan forward on a democratic path, on a correct democratic path, not on an artificial, make-believe democratic path,” he said.