Taleban Threaten to Send Musharraf to ‘Hell’ On Return

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Taleban have threatened, in a video released on Saturday, to use suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile on Sunday.

Musharraf however vowed to return to Pakistan  “at any cost”, DawnNews reported.

In a video message Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, said: “The Taleban have prepared a special squad to send Musharraf to hell. There are suicide bombers, snipers, a special assault unit and a close combat team.”

Musharraf is due to return home on Sunday from Dubai, after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, in time to take part in parliamentary elections on May 11.

Speaking to media representatives at a press conference in Dubai, Musharraf said it was imperative to save Pakistan as the ‘terrorists’ were aiming to destroy it, adding that he was coming to rescue the country.

Moreover, Musharraf said he would come back at any cost as he would not be in any danger upon his return to Pakistan and that he was not afraid of extremists.

He also said that after resigning as president, he remained in the country for eight months without heavy security. He added that he would arrange for his security himself as he did not want to depend on the government.

The former president said the situation in Pakistan had deteriorated greatly since 1999 and that it would take two to three years to improve it.

Musharraf said he wished to challenge and subvert the existing status quo in Pakistan.

Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup and resigned in 2008 when his allies lost a vote and a new government threatened him with impeachment. He left the country a year later.

The former army general faces the possibility of arrest on charges that he failed to provide adequate security for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007, and in relation to other cases.

But his most immediate concern may be Taleban militants seeking revenge.

“It is said when the jackal’s death is near it comes to town,” said Rasheed, who was among 400 prisoners who were broken out of a jail by militants in 2012. Agencies

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