NN Exclusive | Move to block passport a conspiracy to keep me out of elections: Pervez Musharraf

03 June 2018, 05:02 PM

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf on Sunday reacted strongly to the recent move by his country's Internal Affairs Ministry to block his passport and national identity and said "no one can block my passport" and it was to keep him away from the general elections.

In an exclusive interview to News Nation, Musharraf accused the PML-N government in Pakistan of misusing the state machinery in a bid to keep him away from the upcoming general elections.

"All this is happening because they want to keep me away from the elections. It's a ploy against me. But my party will contest the elections, " Musharraf told News Nation.

The former president said that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has taken over the control of state machinery and using it against him.

"It's happening with me since 2010 when I formed my own party. Now I have become used to of all this. Things will be fine," he said.

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On Thursday, Pakistan’s Internal Affairs Ministry had asked the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and the Directorate General of Immigration & Passports to suspend Musharraf's national identity card and passport.

"I know I will face problems. In 2013, I came to Pakistan on my own free will. I stayed there for three years. Pakistan is my country and I will go there once again. My Passport is my right and no one can block it," Musharraf added.

Musharraf also expressed his views on Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan and said that it can only be resolved through dialogue.

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"To resolve Kashmir issue, it is necessary to form a special committee which comprises a representative each from India, Pakistan, PoK and Kashmir. One independent representative from America should also be the part of this committee. However, it won't be possible until both leaders from India and Pakistan have faith in each other," the retired general added

First Published: Sunday, June 03, 2018 01:41 PM
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