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Tough to beat Musharraf in polls: Imran Khan

india Updated: Jul 02, 2006 16:58 IST

Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan has said that it was not easy to win against Pervez Musharraf in the general election scheduled for 2007.

He reasoned that it would be "run by the security services", but vowed to launch a "street movement" against the military ruler.

"Well, it is not easy to win against a military dictator in an election that is being run by the security services," Imran Khan said in an interview published in a local daily on Sunday.

Khan said that over the past 10 years he had been invited by Nawaz Sharif to be the Prime Minister under Musharraf and to be Deputy Prime Minister.

He claimed to have refused on both occasions because he did not want to be tainted by corruption.

Asked about how he aimed to change things at the 2007 polls, he said, "my contention now is that there is no way anyone should fight an election while Musharraf is in charge.

"Therefore, I will be out on the streets from September against him. It is the only way. I am preparing my party for a street movement. What we are hoping is that the other parties will come out too."

Noting that Imran Khan was more than just Pakistan's former cricket captain, the Observer newspaper described him as a warrior, an ambassador and a playboy of the Western world.

But after retirement and divorce from one of Britain's most glamorous heiresses, he has dedicated his life to saving his country from political corruption.