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By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) - I spoke with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who made it clear that he’s going back to Pakistan at the end of this month, despite authorities’ threat of arrest.
“Yes, indeed,” he told me from Dubai. “I am blessed to go back.”
The conversation reminded me of one I had Benazir Bhutto on September 27, 2007. At the time, she, too, told me she was going back to Pakistan to run for office. There were numerous threats against her life. Her own father had been assassinated.
“I know the past has been tragic,” she told me, “but I’m an optimist by nature. I put my faith in the people of Pakistan. I put my faith in God.”
Shortly after she returned, she was assassinated.
I asked Musharraf if he, too, is frightened that he might be killed.
“I am prepared for the risks,” he said. “I have to be prepared for the risks. You take the security measures as much as you can.”
He said there were no “100 percent” guarantees.
“So, that’s where I believe in destiny. That’s where I believe we have to leave everything to God Almighty once you have made arrangements or taken steps for your security. Whatever then happens is left to destiny.”
The interview will air today in the 5 p.m. ET hour of “The Situation Room” on CNN.
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