Musharraf slams NATO attack, vows to return in March
By Asad Farooq
KARACHI: All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief and former president of Pakistan Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has condemned the NATO attack and said that Pakistan government should take strict measures at diplomatic level.
He expressed these views while speaking at a telephonic press conference at the Karachi Press Club here on Thursday. Ghulam Rasool Anur from Nawabshah, a prominent figure in his community, Zulfiqar Butt, belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Azad Kashmir and former Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid MPA Afshan Mansoor announced joining APML. Musharraf said that he would return to his homeland before March23.
He further said that the attacks were violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. He said the country had to ask the US and NATO forces for a guarantee not to repeat such type of any action. Talking about memogate scandal, he said that those who wrote, ordered and delivered the memo should be punished. He further said that the matter should be ascertained properly.
In response to a question, APML central chief organiser Mian Zahid Sarfaraz said that Shamsi air base was formed for hunting purpose only. He said after 9/11 and discussion with the United Arab Emirates, the base was handed over to the US. He further said that in 2009, the government had stated that NATO or the US forces were not using the base for any attack. “The present government is responsible if the base is being used for drone attacks on Pakistani territories,” he said
Later, talking to Daily Times, renowned celebrity and APML leader Attiqa Odho stated that after Ashura, APML would start its activities, including conventions with full swing. To a question, she said being the nation, we should take a solid stance against those who violated the borders and integrity of the country. The APML chief appointed Pervez Ali as senior vice president, Anur as chief organiser Sindh and Afshan as women wing president. Major General (r) Rashid Qureshi, Syed Pervez Ali and others were also present.