Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf narrowly escaped an assassination attempt today as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday, police said. He is facing a treason case presently.
The bomb was planted on Muhsarraf's
route from an army hospital in Rawalpindi, to his home on the
outskirts of Islamabad, where he has been staying since January.
Fortunately, nobody was injured in the explosion.
"Four kilograms of explosive
device planted in a pipeline under a bridge exploded around 20
minutes before the former president was supposed to cross the spot,"
said a senior police official Liaqat Niazi, according to a NDTV
Islamabad police has confirmed the
incident.A police spokesperson said that a bomb disposal squad had
cordoned off the area after the blast and searched for the additional
explosives, if any. It was the fourth attempt on the ex-general's
life, with the first three occurring while he was in office.
Musharraf, who led Pakistan from
1999 to 2008, returned from self-imposed exile in March last year to
fight in general elections. Nut he was barred from taking part and is
facing a series of legal cases including treason.
The Taliban has also vowed to kill Musharraf, and security threats have prevented
him from appearing in two of his treason hearings.