Pakistan: Musharraf sets sights on political comeback

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Pakistan: Musharraf sets sights on political comeback

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Former president Pervez Musharraf has returned to Pakistan after more than four years of self-imposed exile – seeking a possible political comeback.

The former army general, who seized power in a 1999 coup, is hoping to regain influence so that his party can win seats in a May general election.

Musharraf made the journey from Dubai in defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban militants.

“Where has the Pakistan I left five years ago gone? My heart cries tears of blood when I see the state of the country today,” he told supporters in Karachi.

“I have come back for you. I want to restore the Pakistan I left.”

Musharraf was forced out of office in 2008 amid growing discontent over his rule and a threat of impeachment. He has since lived in Dubai and London.