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    Musharraf returns to Pakistan from self-imposed exile


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer KazmiSahib was there at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi when Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, returned to the country after several years in exile. "It was a heavy crowd ... there were people chanting slogans and everyone waiting was really enthusiastic to see him," he said. Musharraf, who seized power in 1999 before resigning in 2008, has announced he intends to run again for office but faces criminal charges in the country and the Taliban have vowed to send a "death squad" to assassinate him.
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    Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf returned home on Sunday after more than four years in exile, He defies Taliban death threat and announced to participate in contest historic general Elections, March 24, 2013, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.

    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.
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