Mush finalising security in Pak for his `return`

Pak`s ex-President has contacted two foreign agencies based in the US and UK for providing security to him.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2011, 14:20 PM IST

Lahore: Former President Pervez Musharraf,
currently living in self-exile in Britain and Dubai, has
contacted two foreign agencies based in the US and UK for
providing security to him following his planned return to
Pakistan early next year.

Musharraf has convened a meeting of officials of his
party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), from Pakistan,
the US, Canada and Britain in Dubai on September 18 at which
he will give final shape to his proposed homecoming and other
matters, sources close to the former military ruler said.

Though Musharraf has announced that he will return to
Pakistan on March 23 next year, some officials of his party
are expected to ask him at tomorrow`s meeting to review the
situation in the country before making a final decision, the
sources said.

"Mr Musharraf is keen to return home no matter what may
come. For this purpose, he is finalising his security
arrangements in Pakistan with two security agencies from the
US and UK," APML spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said.

Chaudhry said the army too will provide Musharraf
foolproof security.

"However, the APML will not take any chances with regard
to the security of its leader," he said.

Musharraf will also consult party officials about his
plan to make Dubai the APML`s headquarters till his return to
Pakistan.

"Mr Musharraf is considering shifting to Dubai from next
month to look after party affairs from there," Chaudhry said.
Some members of the APML believe that court cases against
Musharraf are the main hurdle to his plans to return to
Pakistan.

However, in the hope of settling some of the cases before
his likely return, Musharraf`s wife Sehba plans to challenge
an anti-terrorism court`s decision against the former
President soon.

The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi last month ordered
the seizure of Musharraf`s moveable and immoveable assets and
the freezing of his bank accounts while declaring him a
fugitive for failing to cooperate with investigators probing
the 2007 assassination of former Premier Benazir Bhutto.

"Begum Musharraf is going to file a petition against the
anti-terrorism court`s order as the APML has unanimously
decided that its head should face all the cases in Pakistan so
that no case is pending against him on his return," Chaudhry
said.

Musharraf is also expected to seek the views of APML
officials on various issues at tomorrow`s meeting, the sources
said.

PTI