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Former president Musharraf will return to Pakistan to contest elections

Pervez Musharraf faces charges in Pakistan of not providing adequate security to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto ahead of her assassination in 2007.

Image: JANE MINGAY/AP/Press Association Images

FORMER PRESIDENT OF Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has announced that he will return to the country in order to contest elections being held next year.

Musharraf has been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London since 2008, when he stepped down from the presidency in the face of possible impeachment charges, reports Bloomberg.

The ex-army chief said that he was not scared by the Pakistani government’s threat to arrest him in connection with the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007. Musharraf faces charges that he did not provide adequate security for Bhutto ahead of her death.

He has also been accused of involvement in the assassination of Akbar Bugti, a tribal politician from Baluchistan, in 2005.

Addressing a rally of supporters in Karachi via video link, Musharraf said that accusations that he was linked to the assassination of Bhutto and Bugti were “baseless”, reports the Global Post.

“I am living comfortably abroad and I have no problems but I am coming back for the Pakistani people because now is the time for change. People are fed up with the old faces,” he told supporters. “They are trying to scare me but I am not a scared person and I am coming back to face the situation”.

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