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Pervez Musharraf to revive Pakistan?

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Pakistan’s fortune seems to be changed under new leadership after forthcoming elections as former president Pervez Musharraf would return home within a week after living in self-exile for almost 3 years in Dubai. However, it would not be easy for the former military ruler to campaign for his All Pakistan Muslim League party.

Musharraf, who is facing the threat of arrest in Pakistan in connection with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, is likely to seek help of Saudi Arab against his detention.

Former General made it clear that he would return either Karachi or Rawalpindi ahead of the parliamentary election. His arrival could change the game in politics and the ruling Pakistan People’s Party may not taste victory. The Parliament will be dissolved on March 16 and an interim government will be formed to run upto the election, which will be held within 90 days.

The 69-year-old Musharraf had stepped down as President in 2008. His decision to impose a state of emergency in Pakistan following the assassination of Bhutto had led to his resignation.

The PPP would not leave Musharraf, who is accused of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto at a rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007. Even he was declared as a proclaimed offender by an anti-terrorism court for refusing to cooperate with the investigators, who were probing Bhutto’s death.

Earlier, he had deferred his homecoming after he was threatened with arrest. Now, he wanted to take risk as he is eyeing on the poll, which will decide his fate.

Despite several allegations and charges, Musharraf remained adamant by saying that he did not see any reason of his arrest. He still believes that Pakistan had progressed a lot during his tenure.

The upcoming days will be very crucial for Musharraf. He will decide what stapes would be taken for his party after he lands at the airport.

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