Musharraf Seeks Forgiveness; Won't Flee Pakistan

Says he'll face the cases against him


Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has sought "forgiveness" for any wrongs he may have committed during his nine-year regime, saying he will face all cases against him and not flee the country like a coward.

"Whatever I did, I did it for the country. It could be wrong but there was no bad intention in it. Even then, if someone thinks that I have committed a mistake, I seek forgiveness," Musharraf said in an interview to ARY News, his first since he was placed under house arrest at his palatial farmhouse on the outskirts of the capital eight months ago.

As insisted by his close associates earlier, Musharraf said he will not leave the country to run away from the numerous cases registered against him including a high treason case. "I don't want to run away cowardly and will face all the trials to makes the thing clear," the former President said. "Let there be 100 trials," he said in the interview aired Thursday night.

Musharraf has been granted bail in all four cases against him, including one over the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, but is now facing trial in a special court on the charge of high treason for imposing emergency in 2007.