Musharraf sets mid-March return to Pakistan
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, talks to supporters during the inauguration of his party's new UK offices in London, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP / Lefteris Pitarakis)
Published Friday, March 1, 2013 9:36AM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf says he will return home from self-imposed exile this moth to run in parliamentary elections despite facing arrest warrants in connection with the slaying of an ex-prime minister.
Musharrraf has not followed through on previous pledges to return to Pakistan.
But he told reporters on Friday that he would head back in mid-March, as soon as an interim government is in place.
He said he would lead his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, in elections later this spring.
Musharrraf took power in a 1999 coup and stepped down in 2008. He has since lived in Dubai and London. He faces allegations he was part of a conspiracy to assassinate ex-premier Benazir Bhutto in late 2007. He denies any wrongdoing in connection with her slaying.