US takes no position on Musharraf: Embassy

Islamabad, April 19 (IANS) The US embassy here Friday said it has not taken any position on former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who was arrested Friday.

Musharraf, who took over power in a coup in 1999, had allowed the US military to use some Pakistani air bases for military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan, Xinhua reported.

The former president recently admitted that he had also struck a secret deal with the US over some drone strikes in the country’s militant-infested tribal region.

The US embassy Friday issued a statement to clarify its position on Musharraf’s arrest.

The spokesperson of the embassy said the US takes no position on the return of Musharraf to Pakistan or the legal proceedings against him.

“This is an issue to be resolved solely in accordance with Pakistan’s Constitution and laws,” an embassy statement said.

It said the US reaffirms that it is backing democracy in Pakistan, and does not support any particular political party or individual candidate.

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