Security stepped up in Musharraf`s farm house near Islamabad
Elaborate security measures are being put in place at former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf`s farmhouse in the city outskirts in anticipation of his return home following launching of his political party.
Islamabad: Though declared a proclaimed
offender by a top court, elaborate security measures are being
put in place at former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf`s
farmhouse in the city outskirts in anticipation of his return
home following launching of his political party.
Musharraf, who turns 67 today, and now in self-imposed
exile in London will formally initiate his political
activities after the holy month of Ramadan, his close aide
Fawad Chaudhry was quoted as saying by `The News`.
Chaudhry did not give exact timings of Musharraf`s
return home but said, the former Pakistan dictator will brief
the national and international press in the last week of
With the stocks of both, the ruling PPP and opposition
PML-N running low, Musharraf`s aides recently launched his
new party All Pakistan Muslim League in anticipation of his
return. His supporters are also making efforts to unite
different factions of the Muslim League, not alligned to
former premier Nawaz Sharief.
But, question marks on former Pakistan dictator`s
return have arisen after the Sindh High Court declared him a
proclaimed offender for non-appearance.
Musharraf`s farmhouse, located at Chak Shahzad, was
not completed before he left Pakistan in April last year after
a slew of criminal and legal cases were filed against him for
imposing emergency and subverting the constitution during
Foolproof security arrangements are being made at
the farmhouse, which is also being renovated.
"The work for renovation of the farmhouse of the
former President, which was temporarily suspended because of
his absence from the country, has resumed," the source said.
The source said Col Ilyas, the security officer of
Musharraf, will be responsible for all security matters at the
A residential compound for private security guards is
being built and the latest security gadgets are being
installed at the residence, the source said.
Fawad Chaudhry, a close aide of Musharraf,
acknowledged that the farmhouse is being renovated and said
steps were being taken to improve its security as it was the
residence of a high-profile personality like the former
Musharraf will formally initiate his political
activities after the holy month of Ramzan, Chaudhry said.
Musharraf will brief the Pakistani and international
media about developments in the final week of September, he
Musharraf`s aides recently launched the All Pakistan
Muslim League in anticipation of the former President`s return
They have also made abortive attempts to unite the
different factions of the Muslim League.
"The League convention, under the auspices of the
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, will prove to be a
milestone in the political history of Pakistan," said
However, the PML-Q has ruled out joining any party
headed by Musharraf.
Musharraf also faces threats from militants,
including the Taliban and other banned groups that tried to
target him several times when he was the President.
He resigned in 2008 to avoid being impeached by the
Pakistan People`s Party-led government.