Dubai: Former Pakistan  President Pervez Musharraf has announced to return to his homeland to revamp his party and contest the 2013 general elections.

"I am going to land in Lahore on the 23rd of March, 2012, if not earlier-but not later," said Musharraf.

Living in self-exile in Dubai and London after leaving Presidency in 2008, Musharraf is considering contesting election. The 2013 election is for parliament, which selects the President in Pakistan.

The former President, who announced the formation of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in London last October, shrugged off arrest and assassination concerns and said, "I'm a risk taker."

The retired general, who took over power in a 1999 coup, said he chose March 23 as his date of return because it is Pakistan's National Day-the day to commemorate the signing of Pakistan Resolution-calling for greater Muslim autonomy in British-ruled India, in 1940.

After return, Musharraf is likely to face Pakistani prosecutors who are accusing him of being a part of a conspiracy to assassinate ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

He also ruled out any deal with the Pakistani government or any political parties to secure a safe return and said he would soon announce the hierarchy of the APML.

(Agencies)