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Exiled PM Bhutto to Return to Pakistan, No Deal Yet With Musharraf

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Pakistan's exiled former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, says she will return to the country soon to work for what she calls "a moderate and democratic Pakistan."

Ms. Bhutto made the announcement Saturday in London, after meeting with members of her People's Party to discuss power-sharing negotiations with President Pervez Musharraf.

The embattled president has been seeking Ms. Bhutto's support.

Ms. Bhutto says those negotiations have stalled because of opposition from members of the ruling party.

She is demanding that the president step down as army chief. But a Musharraf spokesman says the president has rejected any pressure to leave the post.

Ms. Bhutto could be detained to face corruption charges when she returns to Pakistan. She says she will announce the exact date of her return on September 14th.

Another exiled former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, says he will return home September 10th to challenge General Musharraf's re-election bid.

Mr. Sharif is demanding that General Musharraf step down as president and army chief. He has condemned Ms. Bhutto's proposed deal and accused her of strengthening the dictatorship in Pakistan.

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