March 23 - Pakistan's Taliban say they will kill Pervez Musharraf and send him to ''hell'' when the former president returns the country after years in exile. Deborah Gembara reports.
A new threat from Pakistan's Taliban --- this time directed at former President Pervez Musharraf who they say they will kill when he returns to Pakistan on Sunday after being gone for nearly four years. They announced their intentions in this video obtained by Reuters. SOUNDBITE: Adnan Rasheed, SENIOR MEMBER OF TEHREEK-E-TALIBAN PAKISTAN (Urdu): "We have prepared a special squad to send Pervez Musharraf to hell. There are suicide bombers, a sniper team, a special assault team and a close combat team in this squad." The group say they've ramped up their training in anticipation of Musharraf's return to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in Dubai. Asked about the the threat, Musharraf had this to say. SOUNDBITE: Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf saying: "They have been trying to send me to hell after 9/11 which means er, its 12 years now, so they haven't been able to do that so The Taliban were infuriated by his willingness to work with the U.S. and by his crackdown on militancy inside the country. Speaking in Dubai, Musharraf says he's also worked out a deal with Pakistani authorities so that he won't be arrested for charges brought before his exile. SOUNDBITE: FORMER Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf saying: "My arrest warrants were merely because of non-appearance in the courts, not that there is any case proven against me. So when I appear in the courts now, when I go back...those cases, my...the rationale or reasoning for my arrest should also disappear." The former leader is expected to be back in time to take part in parliamentary elections in May.