Musharraf Back in Pakistan Amid Death Threats
Ex-president seeks possible political comeback
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2013 5:16 AM CDT
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf reacts while arriving at his office for a press briefing before leaving for Karachi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 24, 2013.    (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

(Newser) – Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ended more than four years in self-exile today with a flight to his homeland, seeking a possible political comeback in defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban militants. Security forces whisked Musharraf away in a convoy of about a dozen vehicles shortly after he touched down in the southern port city of Karachi and did not allow him to greet hundreds of supporters waiting at the airport, ready to shower him with rose petals. The move angered other supporters traveling with the former president.

It's unclear if the security forces had detained Musharraf, who faces legal charges, or acted out of concern for his safety. The journey from exile in Dubai is intended as the first step in his goal of rebuilding his image after years on the political margins. Since the former general was forced from power, Pakistan's civilian leadership has struggled with domestic and foreign policy issues. Musharraf represents a polarizing force that could further complicate Pakistan's attempt to hold parliamentary elections in May and stage its first transition from one civilian government to another. What's more, he is viewed as an enemy by many Islamic militants: Yesterday, the Pakistani Taliban vowed to mobilize death squads to send Musharraf "to hell" if he returns.

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right2dave
Mar 25, 2013 3:01 PM CDT
Soon to be the "late" Musharraf.
viva_yo
Mar 24, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
Musharraf was a hard-ass that ruled Pakistan with an iron fist but the incidences of terrorist attacks there were no where near the level that they are today. (I corresponded with a young person yrs. ago who lived in relatively peaceful Islamabad back then. His father was a teacher at a university there. Things got so bad there, were forced to move to Bangladesh, as poor as it is, apparently was more peaceful than Pakistan). I feel sorry for the majority of people there, stuck between a rock & a hard place of the various warring militants.
793tango
Mar 24, 2013 10:37 AM CDT
I give the guy ten days before he's killed. Either by the Taliban, the government or one of his own guards.