Musharraf prepares to return to Pakistan even as Taliban threatens to kill him

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 14:30 hrs

Pakistan's former President General Pervez Musharraf confirmed on Saturday that he will be returning home despite facing criminal charges and death threats from the Taliban.

Musharraf, who has been living in self-exile in London and Dubai for the last five years, said that he plans to return to Pakistan on Sunday, despite facing the possible risk of being arrested on landing on home soil.

According to media reports, the Pakistan Taliban has said that it has an assassination team ready for Musharraf if he steps foot in Pakistan.

Addressing a news conference in Dubai here today, Musharraf confirmed that he would be arriving in the port city of Karachi to take part in May 11 elections despite the "fear of the unknown."

The former four-star general plans to travel there accompanied by journalists and supporters of his political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League.

"The mujahedeen of Islam have prepared a death squad to send Pervez Musharraf to hell," the Washington Post quoted Adnan Rashid, a former Pakistani air force officer convicted in an attack against Musharraf, as saying in a video, while speaking in front of a group of 20 militants holding rifles.

"We warn you to surrender yourself to us. Otherwise we will hit you from where you will never reckon," he added.

The Taliban broke Rashid, along with nearly 400 other detainees, out of Bannu prison last year.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan for more than a decade before going into self exile, is facing charges of conspiring to assassinate ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in December 2007, as well as other accusations in other cases.

However, his legal team has got him preemptive bail, which essentially means that he will not be arrested immediately upon arrival.

According to the Karachi court's bail order, Musharraf has been given ten days to present himself before the court. (ANI)

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