`Ignoring army`s advice not to return to Pak proved costly for Musharraf`
Islamabad: Ignoring the advise of the Pakistan Army to Pervez Musharraf not to return to the country has proved costly for the former president, according to a source in the army.
According to media reports, about a month before his return, Musharraf was advised not to come back to Pakistan.
He, however, chose to ignore the advice, thinking that the institution with which he had spent his life would protect him.
It did not happen and now it appears that the army may not take any position in his case, said a report in The Express Tribune.
Army sources confirmed that he was warned of the consequences and dangers he may face, which also include serious threats to his life.
He was also told that his return may put the army in an embarrassing position as he would become the centre of controversies, the report said. During his self-exile, differences also emerged within Musharraf``s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
Despite all this, Musharraf decided to go ahead with his plan and announced the date of his return, a decision which did not sit well with the army.
The former army chief has perhaps misread the ground situation, thinking the institution he once headed will protect him, not just physically, but also by shielding him from trial.
So far the army has not taken any position but has certainly provided full security to him. This is the first time in Pakistan``s history that a former army chief and president, faced prison and possible trial.
He may now become the scapegoat for the events that unfolded from Oct 12, 1999 to 2008, the report added.
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