ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, was freed on bail Thursday after six months under house arrest.“Islamabad’s commissioner issued the release order at 10:30 a.m. today,” said Aasia Ishaque, a spokeswoman for Mr. Musharraf’s party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, referring to the top district official. A court granted bail to Mr. Musharraf on Sunday in a case related to his role in the 2007 military siege of a mosque in Islamabad where militants were holed up. His lawyers submitted surety bonds on Wednesday. He can travel freely within the country. But he is barred from traveling abroad without court permission, Ms. Ishaque said.
Speculation has been rife here that he will go into exile after his release, on the pretext of visiting his ailing mother in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Ishaque denied the speculation. “He is not leaving,” she said. “He will stay in Pakistan.” Ms. Ishaque said the threat level to Mr. Musharraf’s security was “extraordinarily high.” “He will not hold any public meetings for the next two days,” she said. “After that, he will start meeting people and will also hold a press conference.” Since April, Mr. Musharraf has been at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. Paramilitary troops and police officers guard the premises because of threats against the former ruler from militants from the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Mr. Musharraf, 70, was put under house arrest soon after his return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile in March. He faces an array of criminal charges, including involvement in the deaths of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; a nationalist politician, Akbar Khan Bugti; and a religious leader, Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Mr. Musharraf has denied the accusations and said the cases against him are politically motivated. Mr. Musharraf took power after a bloodless military coup in 1999 and ruled until 2008, when he was defeated in an election. He faces potential treason charges over his role in suspending the Constitution in 2007, though few analysts believe that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to go ahead with those charges. Mr. Musharraf was disqualified from running in the general election in May, in which his party performed poorly. Few Pakistanis have shown much enthusiasm for returning him to power.
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