Even as former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf confirmed in Dubai that he will arrive in Karachi on Sunday afternoon — after a five-year-long self-imposed exile — a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman said the group had set up squads of suicide bombers to “send Musharraf to hell”.
“Suicide bombers are being trained and assigned to assassinate” the former president, Ehsanullah Ehsan told a local news channel, Dawn TV.
Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, has been given the charge of these suicide squads, he added.
In the meantime, there is much anticipation in Karachi over the arrival of Musharraf, who has said that he would come to Pakistan “come what may”, dismissing speculation that he was being forced to stay away on the insistence of the military high command.
Imran Khan’s rally
A mammoth crowd turned up to listen to the address of Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan in Lahore on Saturday, indicating that Pakistan’s political climate has started to heat up ahead of the May 11 general elections.
The Tehreek-e-Insaf show in Lahore, said observers, was better than expectations, giving hope to a better than anticipated showing at the polls. Political analyst Sohail Warraich said that Saturday’s rally at the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore may be the “turning point” for Imran Khan’s party. “I see the party scoring better than expected,” said Warraich but at the same time clarified that the Tehreek-e-Insaf may not get enough votes to form a government on its own.
In the midst of all this activity, the country continues to look for an interim prime minister who will take the country to the polls. On Saturday, the election commission met inconclusively and a spokesman said that the choice for PM “would be announced on Sunday.”