Plunge into the unknown for Musharraf

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Plunge into the unknown for Musharraf

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf on Sunday said he was taking a plunge into the unknown and added he was ‘concerned.’


Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Sun 24 Mar 2013, 2:59 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:12 PM

Dressed in Pakistan’s national dress, the usually confident Musharraf appeared dazed by the uncertainty and fears of violence surrounding his trip to his home country after five years in exile.
Musharraf who is returning to Pakistan to contest the May 11 elections spoke to journalists before boarding the flight to Karachi from here. The former general said terrorism, political issues and legal problems were the main worries on his mind.

On his chances at the polls, he said he it was 50:50.
”One-third majority is a leap in the dark. Anyone who expects more than this lacks leadership,” he said. “It’s a plunge into the unknown.”

He said he had support from all over the country. “People are coming from Balochistan to support me,” he said, adding that this had given him confidence.

When asked about his political opponents, Musharraf dismissed it in his trademark style and asked:”Who is Nawaz Sharif?”

He also said that his mother was old (94) and though she understood that he was returning to Pakistan, she did not understand the reasons for his visit.
His wife Sehba did not accompany him to Dubai airport. “I do not want her to come with me. She can join me later,” he said.

Musharraf will hold a rally at Karachi Airport today evening.
”If this has been done for my security, I appreciate it but if it is a political motive I then take a strong exception to it.”

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