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Musharraf says SC's arrest order forced him to change plans to return to Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistan's former

today said that he was all set to return to the country but the order for his arrest forced him to change his mind.

, 74, who has been in exile in and since 2016 is facing several cases in the Supreme and High Courts, including one for treason for allegedly subverting the constitution and the earlier this month asked him to return to if he wanted to contest the scheduled on July 25.

The former told reporters through a video link that the apex court order "barring the authorities from arresting me till my appearance before the august court has forced me to rethink my plans about return".

"There will be no benefit of my return to the country if I am arrested just after my appearance before the court," he said.

"The entire world knows that I am not a coward, but now I will wait for an appropriate time to return," said.

Musharraf had left the country on March 18, 2016 for medical treatment after the authorities removed his name from the Exit Control List. His lawyers say he is still getting medical treatment abroad as he suffers from

Musharraf had filed nominations from two constituences from his party platform, the All Muslim League, but first he had his nomination papers rejected from the NA-1 constituency from Chitral by the returning and than withdraw his nomination himself from NA-247 in after he was told to appear before the

The on June 13 had issued a rebuke to the former strongman and told him to present himself before the court in 24-hours and the fate of his nomination papers depended on his appearance before the court.

"If is a commando, he should show us by returning instead of continuously parroting like a that he will return," Chief Justice, had been quoted by the media.

"Why does Musharraf need protection, what is he so afraid of?" the CJP wondered. "How can a commando be so afraid? Musharraf has said that he evaded death many times but was never afraid," he remarked. "He didn't feel afraid when he was taking over this country," the top added.

Asked about the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) to probe into his assets, the former said he had no issues with the investigations into his assets and would cooperate fully with the NAB.

"What have I to hide as I live in a three-bedroom apartment," he said.

Musharraf had formed the All Muslim League party after stepping down as before the 2008 general elections, 10 years after he led a successful military coup against prime minister,

president Dr said that Musharraf was willing to return to the country, but the Supreme Court had given him insufficient time under which arrangements for his travel, accommodation and security could not be made.

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First Published: Thu, June 21 2018. 14:30 IST