Musharraf to return to Pakistan on March 24: Aide

Ex-president Pervez Musharraf will not be detained upon arrival, says press aide Khurram Haris.

Reuters March 12, 2013
A file photo of former preisdent of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf will return home on March 24 after nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Dubai, his press aide said on Tuesday, in time to take part in a parliamentary election.

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 in Pakistan on charges that he failed to provide adequate security to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007.

His press aide Khurram Haris told Reuters that Musharraf would return to Karachi on a public flight on March 24, and would not be detained on his arrival.

"President Musharraf has made it clear that he will present himself to the courts because he believes he hasn't done anything wrong," Haris said. Pakistan's government would provide security for Musharraf, he added.

The ex-president had already said he planned to return in March to take part in the election, but had not given an exact date.

He had also announced similar plans to return in January last year, but his aides advised him to hold off because of political instability in the country.

Pakistan's parliament is due to be dissolved on March 16. An election has to be held within 90 days, allowing for a period for campaigning and other preparations.


Zee Paki in USA | 10 years ago | Reply

He is a brave man and is badly needed back in Pakistan. The cases are all concocted - as has historically been done in Pakistan. Lal Masjid, Bugti etc. were the right measures. Technically you cannot bring legal cases against a ruler who takes security actions while in office. If that were allowed no one will be able to rule. The US gov't took action against the armed cult in Waco Texas and all the cult members were killed. No one sued the Clinton gov't because it could not be brought to court for taking a security action. Same applies in Pakistan. It is heart warming to read the comments here - most of the people support Musharraf. I am seeing the same on other media forums as well. Keeping fingers crossed!

Noman Qadri | 10 years ago | Reply

@SHB: Hehehehehe. For ur kind information the courts of pakistan has acquitted from any unpaid Tax or Bill.

Thank you dear. Now go and try to come with any other story.

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