FORMER PAKISTAN PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf on Friday resigned from the chairmanship of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
Party president Dr. Mohammad Amjad said Musharraf has sent his resignation letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Dr. Amjad was quoted by the Dawn, as saying that Musharraf had resigned from APML on June 18 in the wake of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) disqualifying him from politics for life.
Musharraf, who has been out of Pakistan since March 2016 and now lives in Dubai, had filed a plea in the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2016 against the 2013 high court verdict.
Speaking to journalists via a video link in Dubai, Musharraf said, "The apex order barring the authorities from arresting me till my appearance before the august court has forced me to rethink my plans about my return. There will be no benefit of my return to the country if I am arrested just after my appearance before the court."
"The entire world knows that I am not a coward, but now, I will wait for an appropriate time to return," he added.
Chief Justice of Pakistan had directed the former military ruler to return to Pakistan and appear before the court by afternoon on June 14, but he failed to turn up.
Earlier this week, the poll body rejected Musharraf’s nomination papers for NA-1 Chitral, after the Supreme Court withdrew its conditional approval for him to file nomination papers for the upcoming general election after he failed to appear before the court.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had directed the former military ruler to return to Pakistan and appear before the court by afternoon on June 14, but he failed to turn up.
Amjad, previously the general secretary of the party, has been elevated to the position of chairman. He will now be directing all party affairs and deciding APML’s role in the elections, the Pakistani media reported.
Musharraf founded APML in 2010. However, he was barred from contesting in the 2013 general elections due to several cases registered against him.
The 73-year-old leader, who ruled Pakistan for nine years (1999-2008), is wanted in several criminal cases, which also includes the alleged killing of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.