Islamabad: Despite getting threats from Taliban and other extremist groups, ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Monday vowed to return to Pakistan and said that he was afraid of nobody but God.

In a video address to workers of his new All Pakistan Muslim League party in Lahore, Musharraf said he had seen death from close quarters several times and was ready to face any contingency. He said no one could harass or cause any damage to him.

"I will be with you soon if you promise to show the same zeal and fervour at the time I land at Lahore airport," Musharraf said during the meeting last night as his supporters shouted slogans.
   
Referring to threats he might face on his return from the Taliban and other militant groups, Musharraf said he had already survived several attacks and was not afraid of them.

He linked his return to the organisation of the APML and announced the opening of the party`s office in Lahore.

"I have faced death a number of times and no one can deter me from coming back to the country to serve it as I am committed to doing something better for my countrymen," he said.

Musharraf, who quit as President in 2008 to avoid being impeached by the Pakistan People's Party-led government, recently formed the APML with an eye on contesting the 2013 general election.

He has vowed to come back to Pakistan on several occasions but is yet to set a date for his return.

The former President chose the city of his arch-rival, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, for his latest effort aimed at boosting his political career.
   
Musharraf urged the country to gear up for change, saying there was a need to introduce a new political culture to end the prevailing disappointment among the people.

Agencies