Musharraf will not return to Pakistan

Jan. 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf reconsidered plans to return from exile due to government threats to detain him, officials say.

Musharraf, who has been living in London and Dubai for the last three years, is wanted in connection with the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, CNN reports. Musharraf resigned his post in 2008 and fled the country. He was originally scheduled to return to Pakistan between Jan. 27 and 30.

Pakistani prosecutors have reiterated their threat to arrest Musharraf the minute he steps foot in the country, Voice of America reports.

When he seized power in 1999, Musharraf became the country's fourth military ruler. In 2010 the United Nations released a report that said the government under his rule failed to protect Bhutto. Musharraf rejects the claims, saying that Bhutto had protection, but took unnecessary risks.

Musharraf recently announced his intention to run in next year's presidential elections.

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