Pakistan: Musharraf looks to contend next year's elections
Pervez Musharraf also felt that his attempts to ally with either Imran Khan or MQM were the need of the hour to create an alternate political force. Photograph: (DNA)
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf intends to come out of his self-imposed exile to fight the country's general elections in 2018.
Musharraf stressed on the need to "create a third political force" to "introduce better practical democracy".
Speaking to WION's Palki Sharma, the 73-year-old confirmed his intention to contend next year's elections: "Yes, I am (looking to relaunch my political career."
However, Musharraf said he didn't have any ambitions to be the country's prime minister.
"I want to create a political force. A third political force. But not necessarily be the next prime minister," the Dubai-based retired army chief said.
"There are many good people who can run Pakistan," the former president said. "I would like to contribute by using all my experience to guide someone who is good."
The former military ruler also downplayed criticism of his plan to ally with either Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) or cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
He said his earlier decision to join them was the need of the hour to ensure the country rid itself of corruption and nepotism.
"It didn’t come under criticism. I think, that was the call of the day. I think the requirement of a third political force that I am talking of needs combination or joining alliances of like-minded people, who see Pakistan in an enlightened and progressive way."
Musharraf, who took over the reins of Pakistan following a coup in 1999, was in a self-imposed exile since 2008. He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to contest the general elections, following which the government initiated a trial against him for treason.
Watch WION's two-part interview with former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf.