London, Sept 14 (ANI): Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has vowed to return to his homeland before the next election due in 2013 in a bid to "try his luck" in the presidential elections.
Musharraf, who ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1999, recognised that on his return to Pakistan, he would have to face several legal cases, but he said he was not scared and that he was ready to answer all the allegations, the Daily Times reports.
"Legally, I am absolutely on a safe wicket," he said. "We will go and face the music, we'll answer every allegation," he said.
Musharraf insisted that he had to work towards lifting Pakistan out of its "pathetic situation," and that he was more than willing to gamble his life for his re-entrance into the country's politics.
"I have fought wars, I have faced dangers and I'm a lucky man. I'll try my luck again and I'm not scared of that," he added.
Musharraf claimed to have done "very well for Pakistan," and that he could "challenge anybody on any point." "We did wonders for them in those seven years, which should be compared with the 50 years of the past," he said.
Top political parties of Pakistan have scoffed at Musharraf's claim of returning to politics, saying that there was no room for him in the country's political arena.
Several cases are pending against Musharraf in courts across Pakistan, and the UN enquiry commission's report also held his regime responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007. (ANI)