Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is eyeing a return to active politics, has said he will soon organise a telethon to raise funds for the more than 20 million people affected by the devastating floods sweeping Pakistan.
Musharraf said he is working to form a foundation to collect donations and carry out relief and rehabilitation activities for calamity-hit Pakistanis.
The telethon would be part of these efforts, he told a TV news channel. The former President recently donated Rs 1 crore to be used by his new All Pakistan Muslim League party to provide relief to flood victims. Applauding the role played by the armed forces in flood relief work, he said the Pakistan Army has the efficiency to successfully carry out rescue operations across the country through its organisation and administration. Musharraf demanded that the international community write off Pakistan's loans in the wake of the current calamity. "Pakistan needs donations, not loans, from the international community. "The international monetary institutions should write off tax service liability or reschedule Pakistan's loans," he said.
Musharraf left Pakistan in April last year after several civil and criminal cases were filed against him and has been living abroad since then. His aides have said he intends to return to Pakistan later this year to lead the APML.