Proud of Kargil operation: Musharraf

Karachi, Mar 28 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said he was "proud of the Kargil operation", which led the Pakistani troops to cross the Line of Control and seize positions on the Indian side in 1999.

The remark came when he was quizzed on the criticisms he received for his Kargil operations.

"I am proud of the Kargil operation," said Musharraf.

Speaking on his comeback despite being threatened, he said that his return to the country is not an outcome of any deal struck with any other group but in the greater interest of the nation.

Addressing a press conference here, Musharraf said: "I am among those people who think of the country and people."

He said he would contest polls from Karachi and claimed that the country had prospered under his tenure.

Musharraf said he has no alliance with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party contrary to the reports suggesting the same but added that he has old relations with the party.

MQM also said in a statement that it has no seat adjustment plans with Musharraf led All Pakistan Muslim League party.

Musharraf said he was recommended to contest from the NA-250 Defence constituency in Karachi.

Pervez Musharraf, who claims to be unaffected by the death threats from Talibans, on Sunday last returned to his country and soon after his plane touched down in Karachi ending his exile of nearly four and half years, he said he proved all wrong by actually coming back to fight polls in the face of all threats.

The 69-year-old ex-dictator said he is prepared to risk any danger to stand for election on May 11.

He has been on self-exile for nearly four years now and had said he will return to lead his party in the general elections in May.

Musharraf is facing three cases in Pakistan, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 when he was president.

Musharraf rose to power in Pakistan in a coup in 1999. He had stepped down from the power in 2008 and was threatened with impeachment, which resulted in his self-exile.

--IBNS (Posted on 28-03-2013)

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