Raheel Sharif didn't help me leave Pakistan: Pervez Musharraf
He claimed his last week's statement to Dunya News was "distorted" by media.
Disregarding his previous statement, former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has said he had not sought any assistance from ex-army chief General Raheel Sharif to exit the country, insisting that his statement was distorted by the media.
Reportedly, he said, “No one approached me, nor did I approach anyone... Raheel Sharif did not discuss anything with me, nor did I send him any request.” He claimed his last week's statement to Dunya News was "distorted" by media.
Last week, Musharraf had said, “Well he (Raheel Sharif) did help me and I am absolutely clear and grateful. I have been his boss and I have been the army chief before him...He helped out because the cases are politicized, they put me on the exit control list (ECL), they turned it into a political issue.”
When asked about the military’s influence on domestic politics, he said on Monday: “All institutions in Pakistan work together with each other... I’ve served in the army for over 40 years.” “There is a sense of bonding between the army and me, and it will always remain like that,” the former president added.
Referring to interior minister Nisar Ali Khan’s statement about Musharraf’s return, the former president said he has no knowledge of any such timeline wherein he was asked to return within four to six weeks of his departure, the Dawn reported. “There is nothing of the sort in the court’s judgement,” Musharraf added.
The interior minister had said in March that Musharraf had committed to facing all cases against him in court and had “promised to return in four to six weeks”.
Reportedly, Musharraf had left Pakistan for Dubai in March earlier this year hours after the interior ministry issued a notification to remove his name from ECL. The government notification followed the Supreme Court’s order to lift the ban on his foreign travel. But the order from the top court had come with the rider that the federal government or the three-judge special court trying the retired general for treason was free to make decisions to regulate his custody or restrict his movement.
It is to be noted that former Pakistani President is facing murder charges of Benazir Bhutto, Nawab Akbar Bugti and Ghazi Abdul Rasheed. Furthermore, he is charged with treason for imposing emergency rule in November 2007, arresting judges and limiting their powers.
His name was kept on ECL for more than 20 months