Pakistan former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has spoken out for the first time since his house arrest earlier this year, defending his actions while in power and telling a local TV station he did his best for the nation.

In an interview Friday on ARY television, Musharraf says his decisions were meant to bring prosperity and move Pakistan forward. He says he "apologizes if someone considers" them to have been "wrong."

Musharraf, a military general, came to power in a 1999 coup that toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government. He ruled for nearly a decade.

Musharraf still faces a number of criminal charges, including high treason, for actions stemming from his rule. He was freed last month from house arrest after receiving bail but is still barred from leaving Pakistan.