General Musharraf, who lives in self-exile in the UK, told the Express Tribune, "My comeback plans are very much intact. I don't need any extra measures for my protection and the government, not the army, is responsible for that."
The beleaguered former ruler of Pakistan also denied reports of asking for support from the country's military. He said, "I have never made any such request."
Reports in the media stated that the Pakistani military administration had refused to provide Musharraf additional security to nullify threats to his life from al-Qaida and Taliban. The reports also stated that the army rejected his request to use their influence to prevent his arrest for the alleged involvement in the murders of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Balochistan leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.
Musharraf has often been quoted as saying that he plans to return to Pakistan to lead his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League in the general elections scheduled for 2013.