(NBC NEWS) ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf fled a court pursued by lawyers on Thursday after a judge ordered his arrest on treason charges.

Musharraf, a retired general, took power in Pakistan in a coup in 1999 and was an ally of the West until he resigned in 2008.

After nearly four years of self-imposed exile in England and despite Taliban death threats, he returned to Pakistan last month hoping to win a seat in the country’s National Assembly in elections in May.

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