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Pervez Musharraf placed under house arrest after fleeing court

Former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf has been placed under house arrest, a day after fleeing the Islamabad High Court which had ordered his arrest on Thursday.

General Musharraf reportedly presented himself at a district court overnight where he was arrested and ordered to remain at his farmhouse in the Pakistani capital.

His arrest comes just days after Musharraf's high-profile return to Pakistan following years of exile in London and Dubai.

The leader of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) had hoped to lead his party in next month's general election.

His candidacy however was rejected in all four seats he had applied to contest.

He is embroiled in a series of legal battles and has been attempting to stave off arrest ever since he returned, as well as an attempt to try him for treason.

The case for which he has been arrested relates to his controversial decision to dismiss judges - including Chief Justice Mohammad Iftikhar Chaudhry - when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

He is also facing charges of failing to provide adequate security to former president Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007 as well as the killing of a tribal leader from Balochistan.

The Pakistani Taliban meanwhile, have also vowed to assassinate the former president, who seized power in a 1999 coup.

He has described all the cases against him as "baseless" and politically motivated.

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