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Pervez Musharraf to return to Pakistan on March 24

Dubai, Mar 18 (): Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has announced his return to Pakistan on March 24 to lead his party in the upcoming general election, after spending five years in exile.

In a statement released by him, he said that he plans to fly by Emirates Airlines  to Karachi on March 24 and attend a rally of 50,000 people, including more than 200 Pakistani expatriates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, reports the CNN.

Pervez Musharraf has been cautioned that he could face arrest over allegations that he failed to provide enough security for the assassinated former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. Khurram Harris, the former general’s press aide, said he had not committed a crime and did not expect him to be arrested when he arrives. He also said that the charges against him are politically motivated. “When he lands he will voluntarily hand himself over to the court,” added Mr Harris.

Pervez Musharraf, the chief of Pakistan’s army in 1999, became the country’s president in a bloodless military coup and remained in the power until 2008. He resigned in 2008, during a period that included the U.S.-led attack of Afghanistan. He resigned after facing threat of impeachment led by the elected opposition parties.

Pervez Musharraf is blamed of failing to provide necessary security to first elected female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi in 2007. The former military ruler had denied the charges for Bhutto’s killing. 

In August 2012, the Pakistan officials seized Musharraf’s property and froze his bank account. 

Musharraf plans to lead his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League into Pakistan’s elections, which are scheduled for May. 

In 2001 India’s Gujarat earthquake, Musharraf expressed his sympathies to Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee and sent a plane load of relief supplies to India.

In 2004, Pervez  Musharraf inaugurated a series of talks with India to resolve the Kashmir dispute.