ISLAMABAD — The party of Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf has asked authorities to provide and guarantee security for him when he returns home to face trial for his alleged role in the killing of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

Mohammad Amjad, the president of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party said that the former ruler wants to return “soon” to face all pending cases against him and to participate in politics ahead of parliamentary elections.

Musharraf was Pakistan’s president when Bhutto was killed during an election rally in 2007.

He resigned in 2008 after Bhutto’s party came into power. He left Pakistan and currently lives in Dubai.

At a 2013 court appearance, Musharraf pleaded not guilty in Bhutto’s slaying, saying she ignored warnings and attended election rallies despite facing threats from militants.