Former Pakistan leader touts $1,000 ‘dinner dates’

Dubai-based General Pervez Musharraf also offering punters handshake and photograph for US$250
By Daniel Shane
Sun 10 Mar 2013 12:57 PM

Former Pakistan president and Dubai resident General Pervez Musharraf is offering fans the opportunity to have dinner with the exiled politician for US$1,000.

An advertisement on ticketing website EventBrite.com entitled ‘A Unique Opportunity to Travel with General Musharraf to Pakistan’ touts a number of packages with Musharraf, president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008, starting from a handshake and photograph for US$250.

For US$2,500, buyers can travel from Dubai to Pakistan with Musharraf on March 16 for a dinner and reception in the general’s home country.

Musharraf, who seized power in Pakistan in a military coup d'état in 1999 and survived numerous assassination attempts, recently announced that he would be returning to the country later this month in time for parliamentary elections.

He was forced to step down from power after imposing a state of emergency in 2008 and was subsequently impeached, leading to three years of self-imposed exile in Dubai.

Musharraf, who has not said whether he will once more seek the presidency, could face arrest in Pakistan over allegations he did not provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in the run-up to her assassination in 2007.

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