Islamabad, Oct 18: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has reportedly decided to take to full time politics. But, he would do this only after moving into his new farmhouse at Chak Shahzad. Sources said he doesn't want to misuse the Army House for political purposes.
"I don't want to make the Army House a hub of political activities because of its unique nature, but my political headquarter will be my personal residence once I shift there," The News quoted some of the visitors (who met Musharraf) as saying. One of them asked him about the political platform on which he would fall back to which the former president posed a counter question: Will the PML-Q not be available to him for the purpose?, reported the paper
To this, the visitor pointed out to him that it would all depend on the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, who were in charge of the PML-Q, to allow him the use of their party's platform for his politics. He also mentioned that in the last few weeks of his rule his relations with the Chaudhrys had been seriously dented because Musharraf had wanted to dump Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain as the PML-Q president.
The visitor further said that the Chaudhry brothers were no more frequent visitors of Musharraf's residence thinking that he was of no more of any consequence politically.
Another visitor, who is a former federal minister and worked with Musharraf for five years, said the former president was too optimistic about his "political standing and future", despite the fact that he was "deadwood" now and has no political prospects whatsoever.
However, the visitor said that Musharraf was very "disappointed" over the performance of the present government and told him that on the request of the previous finance minister (Ishaq Dar) he had talked to China for financial support that had been provided.
He said he wondered what had Musharraf in his pocket to be so confident about himself. He said his state was no different from what it used to be when he was holding the top office. The former minister said Musharraf told him that he was planning to undertake visits to some foreign countries in the near future and his first stop would be Saudi Arabia where he would also perform Umra.