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Pakistan's former ruler Musharraf due to return home, defies Taleban death threat

Published on Mar 24, 2013 10:34 AM
 
Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai on March 23. He is expected to fly home on Sunday after more than four years in exile, defying a Taleban death threat to contest historic general elections. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (AFP) - Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is expected to fly home on Sunday after more than four years in exile, defying a Taleban death threat to contest historic general elections.

The 69-year-old ex-dictator says he is prepared to risk any danger to stand for election on May 11, billed to mark the first democratic transition of power in the history of a nuclear-armed country dominated by periods of military rule.

He seized power in a bloodless coup as army chief of staff in 1999 and left the country after stepping down in August 2008, when Mr Asif Ali Zardari was elected president after the murder of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Mr Musharraf is expected to arrive in Karachi at around 12:35 pm (3.35pm Singapore time) on a scheduled flight from Dubai and make his way to the tomb of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father and first president of Pakistan, before holding a public rally.

 
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