Lahore: Former President Pervez Musharraf has asked workers of his All Pakistan Muslim League to make the party strong so that he can make up his mind about returning to the country from self-exile.

Musharraf has already hinted that he could return to Pakistan once an interim government is installed to oversee the next general election scheduled to be held in early 2013.

The caretaker set-up is likely to be put in place in the first quarter of next year.

"I want to make my homecoming meaningful, which is only possible if my party starts showing a good performance," Musharraf said while addressing his party workers here via a video link from London on Monday.

So far, no significant political personality has joined Musharraf’s party.

Earlier, the former military ruler had announced he would return to Pakistan in March but deferred his decision, reportedly at the request of friends in the powerful army.

Pakistani courts have issued arrest warrants for Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto and the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.

Musharraf said that the situation in restive Balochistan province was not as grim as was being painted by some Baloch leaders like former Chief Minister Akhtar Mengal.

"The Balochistan situation does not resemble that of East Pakistan, and some Baloch leaders are misleading the masses by showing a gloomy picture of the province," he contended.

Describing the Baloch leaders as "terrorists", he claimed they had no support among the people.

"Some national leaders are supporting the stance of these isolated Baloch tribal elders rather than condemning the killing of their Punjabi brethren in the province," he said.

In an appeal to the media, Musharraf requested that a true picture of Pakistan should be projected instead of projecting people talking about separation.

He said law and order in the country was quite alarming under the current government and the killing of Shias in parts of Pakistan was condemnable.

(Agencies)

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