'No enmity or animosity': Nawaz urges govt to facilitate Musharraf's return

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged his party-led government to facilitate former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf's return to the country.

"I have no personal enmity or animosity towards Pervez Musharraf," Nawaz said in a Twitter post.

He further said, "I don't want anyone else to suffer the traumas I have to endure for my loved ones."

The PML-N top leader went on to say, "I pray to Almighty Allah for his health. If he wants to return to Pakistan, the government should facilitate him."

میری پرویز مشرف سے کوئی ذاتی دشمنی یا عناد نہیں۔ نہیں چاہتا کہ اپنے پیاروں کے بارے میں جو صدمے مجھے سہنا پڑے، وہ کسی اور کو بھی سہنا پڑیں۔ ان کی صحت کے لیے اللّہ تعالی سے دعاگو ہوں۔ وہ واپس آنا چاہیں تو حکومت سہولت فراہم کرے۔
— Nawaz Sharif (@NawazSharifMNS) June 14, 2022

The statement came hours after Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the top military leadership’s stance was to bring the ailing former president, who has been living in Dubai since 2106, back to Pakistan in view of his critical medical condition.

Speaking to a local TV channel today, the chief military spokesperson had said that the family of the ex-president had been approached and added that the final decision on his return will be taken by his family and doctors.

Also read: Army leadership wants Musharraf to return to Pakistan: DG ISPR

Musharraf’s family last Friday denied reports of his demise, saying the former chief executive was not on the ventilator but added that his recovery was “not possible”.

Sources told The Express Tribune on Monday that the former military ruler had expressed his desire that he wanted to spend the rest of his life in Pakistan.

His close associates earlier approached the 'powerful quarters' and government officials to remove any obstacle in his return to the country.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said last week that there should be no obstacle in Musharraf's return to Pakistan in view of his illness.

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