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Musharraf funnelling money to aides to improve his image’

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has reportedly funnelled a large amount of money to his former aides in the country in order to improve his image, as he is planning a return to the country’s political scene.

According to an Asia Times Online report, Musharraf is planning to flaunt a new political party and has recently “funnelled large sums of money into the coffers of former aides to promote his cause”. “These include former minister of information Sheikh Rasheed, who …has been paid USD 1 million – the same amount that went to a public relations team to boost Musharraf’s image,” the report said.

The report also revealed that former general has received millions of dollars in donations from various corporate biggies and his close associates.

“Insiders say that Musharraf has vast wealth, much of it accumulated through donations from individuals (these, some say, include Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and corporations to aid previous election campaigns).

There are reports that Musharraf received USD 30 million from the UAE via one of its top bankers, and another USD 3 million from a Pakistani cellular phone company,” it added.

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