`Mush to return to Pak despite arrest threats`

Last Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 09:23

London: Former Pakistani military ruler
Pervez Musharraf is determined to return from self-exile to
his country to contest elections despite facing threats of
arrest, a media report said on Saturday.

The former President, living in Dubai and London since
April 2009, has plans to return to Pakistan to lead his All
Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party.

The Daily Telegraph quoted a source close to the former
Pakistani strongman as saying the details of his return will
be announced on Sunday.

"His return will be announced by video link at a rally in
Karachi on Sunday," the source said.

Musharraf is expected to fly back to Pakistan by the end
of January, plunging himself into a political crisis amid
reports of an early general election.

Musharraf earlier said he plans to return on January 25
or 27 to lead his party. A Pakistani media report has said
that the ruling PPP leadership had decided to hold the general
election on October 16 this year, instead of 2013, under an
interim government.

Meanwhile, Pakistan`s Federal Investigation Agency
prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told reporters in Islamabad
today that Musharraf will be arrested on returning to Pakistan
as an anti-terrorism court has declared him a "proclaimed
offender" or a fugitive.

He said Musharraf is a "proclaimed offender" and there is
no need of any warrant for making the arrest.

Musharraf was declared a fugitive last year by the
Rawalpindi-based court conducting the trial of those charged
with involvement in the December 2007 assassination of former
prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

According to the report in the British newspaper
Telegraph, the government is at loggerheads with the Army over
a memo allegedly sent to the US military chief asking for
support to stave off a feared coup in the country.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani earlier said
publicly that Pakistan`s generals were behaving as though they
were a "state within a state".

Pakistan Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani rejected coup
claims, insisting that the Army would "continue to support the
democratic process".

The report said it is unclear whether the Army command
would back Musharraf, who was ruler for nine years until he
resigned, under threat of impeachment, in 2008.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 20:31

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