Musharraf could be arrested upon return: Malik
09 January, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rahman Malik said on Sunday that former president Pervez Musharraf could be arrested upon his return, as he is a proclaimed offender.
Talking about the controversial memogate scandal, Malik termed it a 'fasaad-gate' and said that the issue had hurt the feelings of Pakistani nation. He said Mansoor Ijaz was not a Pakistani citizen.
"It is possible he (Mansoor Ijaz) hatched the memo conspiracy to sell his article," he added.
Talking about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, he said that killers of Bhutto had been exposed and added that they were investigating the assassination from various angles.
Malik said that he and former minister Raja Pervez Ashraf were against Benazir's rally at Liaqat Bagh.
Talking about President Zardari's recent interview to a private TV channel, Malik said that president's interview has helped removing misunderstandings on different issues.
Meanwhile, former President Pervez Musharraf plans to travel to Saudi Arabia soon to gather support for his political comeback, Saudi and Pakistani sources said on Sunday.
Musharraf, who has been living abroad since he resigned in disgrace in 2008, has said he plans to return to Pakistan this month, despite possible arrest, in order to participate in a parliamentary elections due by 2013.
"Musharraf will be travelling to Saudi Arabia soon in order to get support before he goes back to Pakistan," said a Gulf-based Saudi source familiar with the matter.
A Pakistani source confirmed that Musharraf, who is in Dubai, was to travel to Saudi Arabia soon. The source declined to say what form of support the former president is seeking.
But some reports have said that Musharraf, who faces possible arrest on charges that he had failed to provide adequate security to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007, will seek Saudi guarantees that he would not be detained.