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Warning delays Musharraf indictment

A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has delayed his indictment after authorities warned about an al Qaida and Taliban plot on his life, a defence lawyer said today.

Faisal Hussain said the interior ministry had informed law enforcement agencies overnight about the militant plan to assassinate Musharraf.

After that, the court summoned a high official from the ministry, ordering extra measures for Musharraf's safety.

The court was supposed to indict Musharraf today for his 2007 decision to declare a state of emergency and detain several judges.

Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup but was forced to step down in 2008. He later left Pakistan for self-imposed exile. He returned last year to take part in elections but faced a slew of legal problems.

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