ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf on Friday called upon the people of Chitral to once again vote for his party candidates in the forthcoming election.
In a video message uploaded in social media, Musharraf while addressing the people of Chitral said he had always have special regard and love for the people of Chitral and in return they also reciprocated in the same manner. He said when he was in power he always kept the needs and issues of Chitral in his priority and tried to get them resolved.
“In return you people always gave me love and trust for which I am thankful to you and also proud of it.”
Musharraf said in 2013 he wanted to take part in elections, especially from Chitral, because I was sure that I would get support from the area. But, unfortunately, due to political vendetta I was kept out of the elections. “Despite this, on my request, you voted my candidate ie Mr Iftikhar and elected him.”
The former military ruler then spoke about the projects he had launched in Chitral when he was in power, including roads, powerhouses and most importantly the mega Lowari Tunnel for the development of Chitral and welfare of its people.
“In the forthcoming elections too, I had planned to contest from Chitral and my nomination papers had been filed for the NA seat but once again I was not allowed to return to the country after leveling different allegations against me that are all political. I will inform you some time in future about the reasons for all these allegations.”
He added: “Today, I have come to you not to give you anything but to seek something from you. I want your support for my candidate and the candidate who will be contesting for the PK seat. My candidate is Amjad, Dr Amjad sb, who was the secretary general of my party and now is its chairman as I have relinquished the post. But I am with him and with the APML and will remain in the party as well as in politics.”
Musharraf said Mr Amjad and Sohrab Khan were his nominees for NA-1 and PK-1. He said Dr Amjad would be much better compared to all other candidates and if elected he would be working for the betterment of the people of Chitral and he (Musharraf) would be watching him.
Musharraf said if he got a chance he would return to the country and Dr Amjad would vacate the Chitral seat for him.
He also said the APML had nominated its candidates in 60 constituencies across the country and they would at least show the power and presence of the party in the elections.