Former President Gen (R) Musharraf, who is currently in ’self-exile’ in London, ‘has been given immunity as part of a deal and would not be arrested on his return. But he is waiting for the right signal’, according to the Gulf News.

Presently, the former General is busy holding marathon meetings with his lawyers, political partners and retired officials, including his close aide Major General Rashid Qureshi to launch himself in politics.

The former President’s constitutional bar on participating in politics expired in November 2009.

The Online news agency reported that Musharraf spent a busy week in Abu Dhabi before flying back to London.

He discussed issues related to forming a new political party and his possible return to Pakistan. ‘Musharraf is weighing possibilities of going back to launch himself as a political force,’ a leading politician said requesting anonymity.
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He said the purpose of the meetings was to discuss various aspects of the new political party.

Sources told Gulf News that Musharraf’s party would mainly comprise of politicians who parted ways from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), which he launched with Chaudhry Shujjat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, who defected from Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

These included Humayun Akhtar, Khusheed Mahmud Kasuri, Senator Salim Saif Allah and Arbab Ghulam Rahim — all on important positions during Musharraf’s government.

Former federal minister for parliamentary affairs, Dr Sher Afgan Niazi appearing on WAQT TV on Sunday said that Musharraf would soon return to Pakistan to take part in politics to pull the country out of crises.

“All factions of the PML would gather under the wise leadership of Musharraf,” Niazi claimed.

Niazi is Senior Vice President of PML(Q) led by Chaudhry brothers who have publicly said they would not support Gen (R) Musharraf.