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US exit would spark conflict: Musharraf

AFGHANISTAN PROXY WAR:Academic Abdul Basit said that the former Pakistani leader is ‘quite influential within Pakistan’s military,’ and added: ‘Kabul is not unified’


Those include treason charges for suspending the constitution and a trial over the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in which Musharraf was named an absconder last year.

Bhutto’s son, Bilawal, blames Musharraf for her death in December 2007.

Musharraf has previously said he would return to Pakistan if his security could be guaranteed.

Musharraf has tried multiple times to re-enter politics, with limited success. Under the cloud of his legal issues, he was barred from contesting Pakistan’s elections in July. When he last returned to Pakistan in 2013, he was placed under house arrest the following year. He was eventually allowed to leave in 2016 to seek medical treatment abroad.

The former general remains a divisive figure in Pakistan. Some praised him for ushering in a level of economic stability, but many saw him as a US puppet after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Musharraf also drew criticism for constitutional and human rights violations, and was blamed for failing to tackle widespread violence in the later years of his rule.

With former cricket star Khan breaking the rotational and dynastic grip of Pakistani politics, Musharraf said he backed the current government and there was no need for him to return as a “third force.”

Pakistan’s military also “see him as a liability, they don’t want him to return to the country — he’s a political problem and a security issue for them,” Basit said.

“Musharraf has this habit of shooting from the hip, his interviews at times put them in a really awkward position,” he said. “They really want him to stay in Dubai.”

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