Pervez Musharraf launches career as TV analyst

The weekly show is called 'Sab Se Pehle Pakistan with President Musharraf

Former president Gen. Pervez Musharraf seems to have chosen mainstream media as his career of choice post retirement, with Bol TV billing him as the main attraction of a weekly TV programme in a Sunday evening post on the channel’s Facebook page, reports Dawn online.

According to the promotional video aired by Bol TV, the weekly show is called ‘Sab Se Pehle Pakistan with President Musharraf’ and will be aired every Sunday 8pm.

The first episode, which aired on Sunday, February 26, saw Musharraf responding to an anchor’s questions from Dubai – where he is currently living in self-exile.

The incumbent government had in March 2016 allowed Musharraf to travel abroad to seek medical attention after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on his travel abroad. This had stirred a controversy, as Musharraf had been facing a treason case for abrogating the Constitution and imposing an emergency in 2007.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) had on December 8, 2016 given a month’s deadline to Musharraf to surrender in the judges’ detention case, which relates to the detainment of over 60 judges of the superior courts after Musharraf declared an emergency in the country in Nov 2007. Bol TV has recently been mired in a tussle with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) over ‘hate speech’ aired from its platform.

Bol TV has recently been mired in a tussle with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) over ‘hate speech’ aired from its platform.

Last month, Pemra had issued a show-cause notice to Labbaik Pvt Ltd (Bol News channel) for defying an order to discontinue the Aisay Nahi Chalay Gaprogramme, and to keep its host, Amir Liaquat, off the air.

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