March 13, 2013

Ex-President Musharraf to return to Pakistan this month

The AfPak Channel | Jennifer Rowland |  Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will return home on March 24 to run in the country's parliamentary elections after four years of self-imposed exile in Dubai, according to a spokesman for the former Army general (Reuters). Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and resigned from his post in 2008 facing threats of impeachment from opposition parties. Police in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta have arrested eleven children, ages 11 to 16, suspected of involvement in a bombing in January that killed 12 people (ET, Dawn). A police official said at a press conference on Wednesday that militants of the United Baloch Army, a banned Baloch separatist group, had exploited the children's poverty; they had admitted to receiving 3,000 rupees each for the roles they played. Also on Wednesday, two militants killed five paramilitary officers in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, before they, too, were shot and killed by other security forces (AFP, Reuters).  (READ MORE)

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