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Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday announced he would return home within weeks to contest elections after nearly five years in self-imposed exile, but did not set a specific date.
Musharraf last year delayed a planned homecoming indefinitely after the government warned that he would be arrested upon arrival and few commentators in Pakistan believe he will return this time.
President Asif Ali Zardari's government, which won elections in 2008 after nine years of military rule, will in mid-March become the first civilian government in Pakistan to complete a full-term in office.
It is to be replaced by a caretaker administration until elections are held, most likely in May.
"I have decided that I will return to Pakistan within one week after the formation of the caretaker government, likely to be set up by March 16," he told a news conference in Dubai.
"People say that there are cases against me and there is danger. I am not afraid of dangers and I leave it to God," Musharraf said.