KARACHI: A scheduled press conference by former President, General (R) Pervez Musharraf at a local hotel was postponed on Monday at last moment following the security agencies advised him to cancel it, The Frontier Post reliably learnt.
The former army chief was also asked to leave Karachi immediately due to serious evident threats to his life, however, it could not be known whether Pervez Musharraf had left Karachi till filing of this report or not.
The sources told this scribe that around twelve rooms of the Hotel Avari Tower, where the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) president has been stationed and holding party meetings were evacuated on Sunday night on similar grounds, leaving the hotel customers completely annoyed.
The information secretary of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Asia Ishaq had sent an assignment email requesting print and electronic media to cover the important press conference of APML president who was supposed to announce vital decisions about his party future course, especially during the forthcoming elections.
But when on Monday a large number of media persons reached at the hotel, they were told that APML president would not address the press as the press conference had been deferred till indefinite period.
When contacted for giving its version regarding the news that military has forced former army chief to postpone his press conference due to security threats, a spokesman of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) told The Frontier Post he cannot refute the news as it was much likely that the country’s security agencies might have advised him to postpone his press conference.
“It is very much logical for the security agencies to inform an important figure like General (R) Pervez Musharraf of threats to his life and subsequently share their piece of advice with him”, he said.
When asked whether General (R) Pervez Musharraf was also advised to leave the troubled port city for capital, he said Musharraf was former Army Chief and former President of Pakistan and he had direct threats to his life so it becomes the duty of security agencies to avert any untoward incident.
The spokesman while citing the sad incident of assassination of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto said it was also vital to act on the intelligence reports.
When contacted the APML’s Central Information Secretary, Asia Ishaq, refuted the news and said it was the tough schedule and round the clock meetings that barred former President of Pakistan from addressing the press.
“Head to head meetings, short listing candidates on general, minorities and women’ reserved seats and constitution of parliamentary boards were few among many things which the APML president had to do” she said, adding that after so many hectic work, Musharraf informed that he would not be able to attend the press conference as he was tired.
She said Musharraf will leave for Islamabad in the evening on 29th April after appearing in the court in the morning. “He will address a press conference either before his departure from Karachi or just after his arrival in Islamabad” she added.
She further informed that the former president would contest elections both from Karachi and Chitral.
Published on 26th March 2013.