Prepared to take risk of life to return to Pak: Musharraf
"Well, yes, I am prepared for the risk. I have to be prepared for the risk," Musharraf told the CNN from Dubai, where he is preparing for his trip back home. He was responding to question that he might face threat to his life when he returns.
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Image: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
'The country needs me'
Image: Leaders and supporters of the political party All Pakistan Muslim League surround a screen broadcasting a speech by their party president Pervez Musharraf from Dubai via video link, in Karachi
'100 pc security can never be guaranteed'
"Well, more than myself, my family and my friends, my well-wishers, are worried about that much more than myself. But I have faced such threats all along since I was the president, and that threat will remain now also. I need to make proper security arrangements of my own. And also, I expect the government to give me security as authorised to an ex-president of the country," Musharraf said.
"You take security measures as much as you can, but then 100 per cent security cannot be guaranteed by anyone. So, therefore, an element of risk is always there. And that'swhere I believe in destiny, and that is I believe that we have to leave everything to God Almighty," 68-year-old Musharraf said.
Image: Supporters of Musharraf's party All Pakistan Muslim League chant slogans during a rally to support Musharraf in Islamabad
'No real danger to Husain Haqqani's life'
He also slammed former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, who is a suspect in the "memogate scandal", saying the ex-diplomat is creating hype and over-blowing the issue with regard to threat to his life.
"I don't think so," Musharraf said when asked if Haqqani is in serious danger of his life."I think, unnecessarily, they are creating a hype and over blowing this, as if everyone is out to kill him or something. That is the not the reality," he said, responding to a question on Haqqani, who in recent interviews has said that he fears threat to his life. "As far as danger to his life is concerned, I don't think that is a real danger," Musharraf added.
Image: Former Pakistan envoy to US Husain Haqqani