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Musharraf returns to Pakistan from self-imposed exile
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Pervez Musharraf is prepared to risk any danger to stand for election on May 11th,
in what will be the first democratic transition of power in the history of a nuclear-armed country dominated by periods of military rule.
Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup as army chief in 1999 and left the country after stepping down in August 2008.
Musharraf, who has been granted protective bail to lift the threat of immediate arrest on his return to Pakistan, was not nervous.
He was forced to scrap plans to address a public rally at the Karachi tomb of Pakistan's founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah because of security fears and will instead address supporters at the heavily secured airport.
Police withdrew permission for the downtown rally after the Pakistani Taliban threatened to dispatch a squad of suicide bombers to assassinate Musharraf.