Pervez Musharraf likely to return from UAE to Pakistan next month

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 22: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf answers questions from the press corps during a joint news conference with U.S. President George W. Bush in the East Room of the White House September 22, 2006 in Washington, DC. The two leaders met earlier in the day in the Oval Office and discussed a wide range of issues. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who has to appear before a special Pakistani court in a high treason case, is likely to return from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month, a leader of Pakistan Awami Ittehad has said.The 74-year-old retired general has been living in Dubai since last year when he was allowed to leave Pakistan on the pretext of medical treatment.He has been declared “proclaimed offender” by courts in the treason and the Benazir Bhutto assassination cases.

“Former president (retd) General Pervez Musharraf would return to Pakistan next month,” Iqbal Dar, secretary general of the Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI), a coalition of 23 political and religious parties led by the former president, was quoted as saying by the ‘Dawn’ newspaper.Musharraf, who had ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, had sought adequate security from the government for his return and his lawyer had moved a petition to the interior ministry, stating that the former president faced security threats.

The ministry, in its response, had sought the details of Musharraf’s travel itinerary and his stay in Pakistan so that necessary foolproof security arrangements can be made for him well in time.On March 16, the special court hearing the treason case against him authorised the government to suspend his passport as well as his computerised national identity card.