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Musharraf to unveil his party manifesto in September

world Updated: Aug 02, 2010 15:55 IST

Former military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf will unveil the manifesto of his new party and will announce the date of his return to Pakistan in September, one of his aides has said.

Chaudhry Shahbaz Husain, chief coordinator of the All Pakistan Muslim League set up by Musharraf, said the former
president would stage his comeback before the next general election, irrespective of whether they are held "mid term" or
"end term".

The APML has been in touch with PML Q leaders for the past three months for a possible unification and Husain claim
during a news conference in Lahore on sunday that both factions would soon assemble on the same platform.

Husain said that the APML's leaders would call on PML Functional chief Pir Pagaro, leaders of the Muttahida
Qaumi Movement and other political parties in Sindh this month.

He said, if invited, the APML could join the alliance recently formed by three Muslim League factions.

Factions of the PML Unification, Likeminded and Functional announced their merger last month.

However, PML Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Husain told reporters that those talking of unification should first come
back to his party and then discuss the issue.

Leaders of the PML Q and PML N have opposed efforts to unite the various factions of the Muslim League to form any party that would be headed by Musharraf, who has been living outside Pakistan since April last year to avoid a raft of court cases.

PML Zia chief Ijaz ul Haq, the son of late military dictator Zia ul Haq, is among thos pushing for the merger of
the Muslim League factions.

However, leaders of other groups have criticised him for being in contact with Musharraf.