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Sunday, March 24, 2013

PAKISTAN | The Taliban have threatened to kill him Musharraf returns to Pakistan after four years in exile despite threats

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has landed this morning in Pakistan after four years in exile, despite the threat of death announced by the Taliban. What made ​​public on Saturday at a press conference in Dubai and continues with his plans. The exmandatario landed at Quaid e Azam airport at 12:20 local time (7.20 GMT) on a flight from the airline Emirates, which awaited their arrival thousands of followers, according to local media. Initially, Musharraf would visit today the mausoleum of father of the nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, known in Pakistan as Quaid e Azam (the Great Leader) -, to pay homage and give a rally to "thousands of people". However, Qureshi said that for security reasons they had to cancel the visit, so fans finally were to accompany him to the airport moved to "support him". APML general secretary for Sindh said that because of "incidents (Musharraf) has suffered in the past" perpetrated by "Taliban extremists" and "political leaders" security measures to protect be "exceptional". Musharraf has maintained that will not be intimidated. However, the government has asked Islamabad protection for him and for his security team, composed of former members of the special units. The Pakistani Taliban (TTP acronym in Urdu) did not hesitate to threaten to use "suicide bombers and snipers" to "kill him" if he returns. A spokesman for the TTP, Ehsanulá Ehsan, told Dawn that local media have a squad of insurgents who kill it with explosives against Musharraf if this fulfills his promise to return to participate in the May elections. " We are training suicide bombers in order to assassinate "the former president said Ehsan. Taliban spokesman said the charge of leading the group to try to end the life of the former president is Adnan Rashid , former member of the Pakistani Air Force in December 2003 participated in a failed attempt on Musharraf. Rashid was among the 400 inmates who escaped from jail in Pakistan's Bannu April last year after a Taliban attack.

Four years in exile

The former president, who has lived four years in exile, plans to stand for elections on May 11 with a political party. Indeed minutes before his arrival was known to be retired judge Hazar Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan's interim government until a new government is constituted after the elections. Khoso was chosen from four possible candidates after deliberating for about two hours, said the head of the Commission, Fakhrudin G. Ibrahim. Musharraf took power in Pakistan in 1999 after a coup and stepped down in 2008, has lived since his resignation from London to Dubai. Pakistani Justice issued in 2011 several arrest warrants against him for failing to protect the life of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, assassinated in an attack in December 2007, when the military was president. However, on Friday a court in the province of Singh, in southern Pakistan, paved the way for Musharraf's return to China to guarantee bail if he returns. The Pakistani government announced Wednesday the next general election, the first in 65 years of independent history of China fulfilled that occur after the full term of a civilian government.

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