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Pakistani Taliban Threatens Musharraf With Death

Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai, March 23, 2013.
Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai, March 23, 2013.
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The Pakistani Taliban says it will try to kill former president Pervez Musharraf when he returns to the country to take part in upcoming parliamentary elections.

In a video released Saturday, Taliban representatives said a hit squad has been prepared to assassinate Musharraf, who is expected to return to Karachi on Sunday after more than four years of self-imposed exile in London and Dubai.

While he was president, Musharraf angered the Taliban by maintaining close ties with the United States and backing its efforts to fight terrorism.

In Dubai on Saturday, Musharraf said he was granted bail to avoid being arrested upon his planned return home. He has faced arrest for his alleged involvement in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

He denies involvement in the plot to kill her.

Musharraf had said several times that he would be returning to Pakistan, but never carried out those plans. On March 1, however, he pledged to return this month, as soon as a caretaker government is in place.

Pakistan’s parliament and federal and provincial governments completed their five-year constitutional term earlier this month. A caretaker government will steer the country until the parliamentary elections on May 11.

Musharraf has said he will lead his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, in the elections.
 
The former Pakistani president, who took power in a coup in 1999, resigned in 2008. He left the country to avoid the possibility of arrest on charges linked to Bhutto's assassination.

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by: mustafa from: Pakistan
March 23, 2013 11:39 PM
This is very sad part Pakistani Army Chief is thinking safe in Dubai and London but in Pakistan he needs blutproof car for his safety. Poor Pakistani paying billions of Rs as tax every year and because of this money arm forces,police,ARMY of MINISTERS enjoy their life. They never ever think about Pakistani safety and peace in their life. In my whole life i saw Pakistani blood on road. No institution in Pakistan full fil its duties and responsiblities. Always MINISTERS careful about their Personal bank balance opening and closing balance. Because of personal goals we have achieved this situation. Very shame ful progress in SIXTY FIVE YEARS.

by: John Johnson from: Pacific
March 23, 2013 9:13 PM
It is difficult to find any sympathy for any of the main characters in this story. Musharraf was a brutal beast. The Taliban are a gaggle of religious fanatics lusting for power. Sadly, America supported both Musharraf AND the early version of the Taliban. The real story here is America's continual ability to place bets on the wrong people.

by: Old Pakistani from: US
March 23, 2013 11:01 AM
What if it is not the Taliban, but the current government. I mean there is no way to validate these claims.

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