Fans welcome Musharraf home

Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf have welcomed his return after four years of self-imposed exile. Mr Musharraf, who faces a string of charges, is planning to contest the upcoming general election.

Musharraf offers prayer on arrival back in Pakistan

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf offered a prayer upon arriving back on his home turf earlier today.

He tweeted this picture of the moment he set foot in Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile.

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf praying on arrival in Karachi
Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf praying on arrival in Karachi Credit: Twitter/@P_Musharraf

Watch: Thousands welcome Musharraf back to Pakistan

Thousands welcome Musharraf back to Pakistan

Former president Pervez Musharraf has returned to Pakistan after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest the upcoming general election.

He decided to return despite the possibility of arrest and recent death threats from the Taliban.

Mr Musharraf hopes to regain influence so that his party can win seats in the vote, which is predicted to take place in May.

He told his supporters outside Karachi's airport: "People said I would not come. Where are those people now? People were trying to scare me. I only fear Allah, no one else."

Read: Musharraf tweets photos of his return to Pakistan

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Musharraf tweets photos of his return to Pakistan

Ex-president Pervez Musharraf has tweeted a photo of himself on Pakistani soil after flying home to end his self-exile. Credit: Twitter/@P_Musharraf
Mr Musharraf, who faces a string of charges in his homeland, captured himself on the flight from Dubai. Credit: Twitter/@P_Musharraf
"The plane is approaching Karachi. Finally, I am coming home," he tweeted. Credit: Twitter/@P_Musharraf

Musharraf returns to Pakistan after self-exile

Pervez Musharraf has said he is "not scared" after public death threats from the Taliban. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's plane has landed in Karachi as he returns from self-exile.

Mr Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup, 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 charges of failing to provide adequate security to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007. He also faces charges in connection with the death of a Baluch separatist leader.

Mr Musharraf claimed yesterday he has been granted advance bail in order to avoid being arrested upon his return home.

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Taliban have death squad to 'send Musharraf to hell'

Pakistan's Taliban have threatened to use suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile.

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf
Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

In a Taliban video released today, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, said: "The mujahideen of Islam 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 angered the Taliban and other groups by launching a major crackdown on militancy

Taliban threaten to kill former president

Pakistan's Taliban have threatened, in a video released today, to use suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile.

In a video obtained by Reuters, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, said:

"The mujahideen of Islam 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 angered the Taliban and other groups by embarking on a tougher line on militancy.