The exiled former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has told supporters he will return to the country and politics despite the risk of arrest.
Speaking on a video link from Dubai, Musharraf told an 8,000 strong rally of his recently formed party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, to prepare for elections.
In an earlier interview explaining his intentions, the one time leader also said urgent action was needed to salvage Pakistan’s dire relations with the United States.
“Today, Pakistan – United States relations are at their lowest ebb, this is because of a trust and confidence deficit so therefore what needs to be done is really identifying why that trust and confidence deficit has taken place on both sides,” said Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf led a military government which ruled Pakistan from 1999. He left office in 2008 under threat of impeachment.
He faces arrest on arrival as he is accused of failing to provide adequate security for the assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007.