Dubai: Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf has deferred his plans to return home from self-exile after repeated threats by the country's leadership that the former general would be arrested upon arrival, an official of his party said on Friday.

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Heeding the advise of the executive committee of his party and his friends and supporters, Musharraf has decided to defer his return to his home country, the official said.

All Pakistan Muslim League secretary general Mohammed Ali Saif said told reporters that political developments in Pakistan took a turn following the announcement of his intention to return by the end of the month.

Saif said that the party has asked Musharraf to postpone his return home, "until the situation in Pakistan becomes conducive to the return."

68-year-old Musharraf had announced earlier this year that he would return to Pakistan from more than three years of self-imposed exile in London and Dubai, despite threats to
arrest him.

There were also reports of senior officials from Pakistan visiting him in Dubai to dissuade him from taking the step.

According to Ali, the former president agreed to take into account the changed scenario in his country.

"This decision (of returning) will be deliberated by the core committee of the party," he told reporters.

The party has concluded that "it would not be beneficial to the party's interest that (former) president Musharraf returns to Pakistan" in the current conditions, he added.

Senior officials in Pakistan, including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, had recently said that Musharraf will be arrested on arrival if he returned to the country.

"In fact there had been murder charges against him, and there had even been some very grave charges against him, and the Supreme Court had already given a verdict against him," Gilani said from the Global Economic Forum in Davos.

"Certainly when he'll come back, he has to face those charges and certainly be arrested," he said.

68-year-old Musharraf had announced this month he planned to return home from self-imposed exile in London and Dubai between January 27 and 30 and take part in a parliamentary election due to be held by 2013.

But later he delayed his plans to return home after the government announced that he will be arrested on his arrival in the country.

Days after his announcement, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan said Musharraf would be arrested and sent to jail as soon as he arrived in Karachi.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also said that Musharraf would be arrested under the law of the land whenever he arrives in Pakistan.

Leaders of Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League on Saturday said he had delayed his plans to return to the country from self-exile later this month after consulting friends and party leaders.

An arrest warrant is pending against the former general for his alleged failure to cooperate in the probe of assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Musharraf who left the country in 2009 is also an accused in the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a military operation in August 2006.

Gilani told CNN from the World Economic Forum in Davos on Saturday that Musharraf will "certainly" be arrested if he returns to Pakistan.

"The party has concluded that it would not be beneficial to the party's interest that (former) president Musharraf returns to Pakistan in the current conditions," Ali said.

Musharraf faces two arrest warrants on his arrival in the country.

An arrest warrant is pending against the former general for his alleged failure to cooperate in the probe of assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Musharraf who left the country in 2009 is also an accused in the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a military operation in August 2006.

(Agencies)