Taliban threaten to send Musharraf to ‘hell’ when he returns

Published: March 23, 2013

Musharraf angered the Taliban and other groups by joining the US war on terror following the September 11 attacks. DESIGN: EMA ANIS

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan have threatened, in a video released on Saturday, to use suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile.

In a Taliban video obtained by Reuters, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, said:  ”[We] have prepared a special squad to send Musharraf to hell. There are suicide bombers, snipers, a special assault unit and a close combat team.”

Musharraf angered the Taliban and other groups by joining the US war on terror following the September 11 attacks and later launching a major crackdown on militancy in Pakistan.

He is due to return home on Sunday from Dubai, after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, in time to take part in parliamentary elections on May 11.

Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup and resigned in 2008 when his allies lost a vote and a new government threatened him with impeachment. He left the country a year later.

The former army general faces the possibility of arrest on charges that he failed to provide adequate security for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007, and in relation to other cases.

But his most immediate concern may be Taliban militants seeking revenge.

“It is said when the jackal’s death is near it comes to town,” said Rasheed, who was among 400 prisoners who were broken out of a jail by militants in 2012.

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Reader Comments (62)

  • TahirPaniala
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:34PM

    “It is said when the jackal’s death is near it comes to town,”

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  • Aviator
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:39PM

    How about sending snipers, a special assault unit and a close combat team against the TTP?

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  • Ayesha
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:39PM

    o yes , we know these snipers and other militants are the remaining “innocent students” of Red Mosque . .

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:39PM

    I get the perfect logic here.

    Musharraf did Kargil and harmed India. So, India is avenging for Kargil through TTP.

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  • Dilip
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Will the government provide security for Musharraf? Who will bear the cost?

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  • Maj
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:51PM

    Yesterday KSA adviced Musharuff to postpone his trip to Pakistan, and today a vdo threat from Taliban.

    Amazing coordination between Saudia and TTP

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  • Hassan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:06PM

    I know where this is going ….taliban(so called) threatening his arrival …few violence tries and he obviously escapes all of them and then suddenly becomes a hero and people praising his bravery …..and a hype is created ….and he succeeds ….as tahir ul qadri used dharna to up his repo …..

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  • Mar 23, 2013 - 1:07PM

    No matter what, no one can say Musharraf is NOT brave.

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  • Angel
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:09PM

    Saudi Arabia + USA + India = TTP.The forces of destruction and killers of humanity out their to destroy our basic nomenclature of our society.They will not harm Musharaf because he served USA interests when in power, this is just to gain cheap popularity.

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  • Enlightened
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:10PM

    I feel Musharraf is taking a big gamble returning to Pakistan with a false hope of leading the country once again knowing fully well that his enemies outnumber the supporters. The googly bowled by Taliban should be taken seriously by him as they have succeeded in killing high profile personalities in Pakistan despite foolproof security. He should reconsider his decision and continue enjoying his retirement in UK.

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  • Angel
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:14PM

    @Maj:
    Yes Saudi Arabia and its funded TTP has taken our beloved people and armed force lives.They should be nipped in the mud.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:14PM

    Getting taste of his own medicine!!!!!!

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  • Angel
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:16PM

    @Dilip:
    USA + INDIA + SAUDI ARABIA will bear the cost.

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  • Fed Up Indian
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:16PM

    Actually a lot of people want to blow Mushy up, let’s see:
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    1. The fellowship of Baloch tribals led by the Bugtis who haven’t been assassinated yet.
    2. Nawaz Sharif
    3. Benazir Bhutto’s dynasty
    4. The weirdos in Lahore who call themselves lawyers.
    5. The tribals killed in Kargil thanks to Mushy’s dirty war whose bodies he didn’t accept back.
    6. The Taliban (is there anyone they don’t want to blow up?).
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  • Angel
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:17PM

    @Ayesha:
    Absolute on target.

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  • shah fahad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:19PM

    general i stand by you.i am sure as usual you are not afraid of these sick retarded so called taliban.

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  • freedom seeker
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:20PM

    I pray Mr. Musharraf would be the man to eliminate the terrorist from our soil and clean it for future generations.

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  • Chengez K
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Those who are advising Musharraf to go to Pakistan will also guide & advise TTP on how to kill Musharraf….

    Musharraf must be erased as he knows too many dirty secrets of this so called war on terror!!!

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  • Passersby
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:40PM

    I think good sense is prevailing among Taliban :)

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  • mohsin
    Mar 23, 2013 - 1:54PM

    bomb exploding taliban and musharaf both are america’s favorite so bomb exploding taliban will never harm musharraf and they never harmed him when he was here.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Mushy is the only man in Pakistan who has the will and the guts to destroy the Taliban. The problem is that the Jahil population of Pakistan cannot live without the mullahs, the mullah has become Pakistan and Pakistan has become the mullah

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  • holy me
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:04PM

    Mushi is a has been wanting to live on past glories. The country and people do not want him anymore. He will come at his own peril and risk. He has hurt alot of people in the past and people don’t forget.

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  • Rimsha Bro
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Only PML-N can save the countryRecommend

  • Vampire
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:15PM

    And after Musharraf they’ll go after PPP and Nawaz Sharif eventually… They just want their “Dhanda” alive in some form to keep their Economy going.Recommend

  • Zaid Hamid
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:18PM

    If Mussharaf declares terrorist to himself then he can come to Pakistan and safety can be provided to him.

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  • LUMS student
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:18PM

    Every one wants to have a piece of Musharraf.. I genuinely feel TTP shall get the trophy this time. Although I hope they don’t otherwise the country will be thrown into another spin, but only God can change the inevitable.

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  • knockdown
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:19PM

    @Fed Up Indian:

    Missed the most important personality

    8 – Hamid Gul & associates.

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  • Amused
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:24PM

    This is probably another gimmick by Mushy. What does he want to come back to and reclaim? If he were a true soldier of the soil, he would never have run away from Pakistan.

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  • Dajjal
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:31PM

    “It is said when the jackal’s death is near it comes to town,” said Rasheed

    He, however, failed to clarify what happens if Seal Team Six comes to town… then, we have to assume, the “Glorious Jackal” hides behind his Third Wife and gets his head blown OFF..

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  • holy me
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:32PM

    @Passersby. Totally agree on that one. I support Taliban on this one for sure. I think it is also called Karma for past action.

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  • John cena
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:46PM

    Musharaf must not come to pak. It will bring more instability.

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  • Kinky
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:47PM

    The Govt supported TTP hmmmmm

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  • nishant
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:53PM

    at last u people r here blaming ur “ummah” along with india..keep on blaming never introspect

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  • Ibrahim Kamal
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:58PM

    I even Stand by you general ..

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  • ThinkTank
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:13PM

    The ‘Jackal’ will cancel his trip at the last moment, when his campaign Lotas announce that ‘due to operational setbacks the trip has been delayed indefinitely’.

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  • Arifq
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Twice they tried to kill Mush, failed on both occasions. Taliban excel in killing women and children, when it comes to fighting men they seem to run with their tail tucked between their legs.

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  • Ahmed
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:33PM

    I see causality in action, Musharraf played his part and now let’s hope the table’s don’t turn.

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:52PM

    I don’t know how can sensible people call persons like Noora, Zardari and Diesel their leaders…. PTI my only Love… :)

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  • Ahmad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Taliban are puppet of Saudi Arabia and Musharraf is protected by Saudis .

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  • ahmed41
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:59PM

    Is shooting and killing of political figures any sign of democracy ?

    Stick to democratic values, please.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:04PM

    Musharaff should be coming now to relive pressure, he has been holding(coming) for so long!

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:19PM

    @knockdown:

    “Hamid Gul & associates.”

    Yes. Hehehe.

    Hamid Gul is always thirsty for Musharraf’s blood. Hamid was supposed to be Musharraf’s mentor. Today, he is Musharraf’s nemesis.

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  • Akhtar
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:27PM

    We must welcome Musharraf with open arms. With him the strategic shift towards China started. Zardari continued it. Both Zardari and Musharraf are liberals and the country has rightly moved towards secularization. The rightists of all hues oppose this be it all the JUIs, Jamaat Islami, Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan. The Taleban threat should be dealt by army deployment as the country’s savior is coming home.

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  • A.A
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:30PM

    If TTP want to take him out, he must be a good, sincere guy.

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  • nadeem
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:50PM

    You mean sometimes the Taliban can threaten the bad guys too?

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:55PM

    From the Hindukush mountains to the scilian highlands in Italy to Texas plains and to Alcapone city of chicago, the tradition and the culture of vengence has remained with the people specially when the State is unable to protect its citizens. The Jeff Bush laws the citizens of Florida to shoot down the person if they feel threatened. Musharaf must answer in the court of law to avoid anarchy.

    Rex Minor

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  • Malik Hamza
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:04PM

    As General Saab says Ghazi ya Shaheed !
    Let them come !

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  • Omer
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:40PM

    Musharraf, we are with you.

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  • Zaka
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:02PM

    God bless Musharraf and keep him safe from all evils. He is the best one to handle terrorists.Recommend

  • Butt
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:04PM

    Terrorists attacked Musharraf twice, but Allah failed them. We need Musharraf.Recommend

  • umar
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:20PM

    I’m so shocked to see so many people met up in this rally. I never trusted that so many people will come.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:10PM

    Musarraf knows how to deal with terrorists . He will take the challenge and make the Pakistan free from terrorists . Next govt. In Pakistan will come in power with his and MQM support . Bilawal will be the next PM with all exicutive power and Musarraf will be the next president to control armed forces as it is in India . Suitable change in the constitution will be done by the elected govt. to achieve the said goal and to establish a new secular Pakistan . Law of blasphemy , Kashmir solidarity day , will be banned . Both IP and TAPI will be initiated for a prosperous Pakistan .

    We hsve a great hope with this son of the soil .May god Bless him for the peace and prosperity of the entire region .

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  • Mar 23, 2013 - 8:54PM

    @John cena:
    Yeh absolutely, he should remain away from politics and from Pakistan.

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  • Wasil Arien
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:50PM

    He has an opportunity to offer a historical sacrifice by getting the bail before arrest annulled, submitting himself to be tried under the law for cases outstanding against him, confessing to the all crimes and requesting the court for capital punishment . In this way when and if he goes to the gallows, he will make this country’s future safe for democracy banishing the military intervention once for all.

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  • Rebel-Miqs
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:07PM

    all those speaking against Musharaf can question his legitimacy but they cannot question his competence and sincerity

    General is returning home and I am Happy

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  • Khan Jr
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:23AM

    For someone who is responsible for beginning the mayhem and killings of the youth of Balochistan, for the deaths of innocents in Karachi on the infamous 12th of May, for the treasonoua coups and the religious terrorism and complete breakdown in law and order, this blowhard is entitled to nothing but our contempt.
    Musharraf, who appears desperate to be back in the limelight and in the news, deserves whatever fates now awaits him.

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  • Sally
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:14AM

    If you want TTP then vote for PTI/Imran Khan. If you want anti-TTP then vote for Musharraf. Your choice!

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:16AM

    @Butt:

    Mushaaf is innocent until proven n court otherwise. Every human loves his home, he should be allowed to cross over the border to Delhi, if the Indian Govt permits him to live in his still kept house. This should be preferable to being the permanent guest of the saudis or loaving about in the Edgware Road Icecream palors.

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  • Saleem
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:15PM

    @Yoghurt lover:
    You Indians are capable of anything! For instance assaulting the sacred Sikh Shrine. RAW then eliminated the PM responsible for the shameful attack.

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  • saleem
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:51PM

    @Rex Minor:
    A very racist, treacherous and immature comment. I can understand where this is coming from!

    Feudal monarchs and their ‘minors’ be collected on a junk ship and left in the North Pole! These are the people that have brought this country to this sad state.

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  • Usman
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:50PM

    @Ayesha: Certainly TRUE Ayesha…

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  • Gilgiti
    Mar 25, 2013 - 4:44PM

    who will trial the TTP they killed 40k people in pakistan. I am Standing with Pervaiz Musharaf

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