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Musharraf Delays Pakistan Return

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a press conference in London on January 19.
An aide to former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he has called off his planned return to his homeland.

Musharraf faces arrest in connection with the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Mohammad Ali Saif, general-secretary of Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League, told a news conference that the former president has decided to stay in self-exile because of the tense political situation in Pakistan.

Musharraf was not present at the January 27 news conference in Dubai, one of his residences outside Pakistan since he was forced to resign in 2008.

Prosecutors allege Musharraf was linked to plotters that masterminded Bhutto's killing in 2007.

Musharraf's pledge to return to Pakistan met with repeated threats of his arrest, most recently by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who said today that Musharraf would be "certainly" arrested if he flew home.

compiled from agency reports