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I am not in exile: Musharraf

Amidst a clamour in Pakistan for trying him for treason, former President Pervez Musharraf, currently in London, on Thursday said he was "not in exile".

world Updated: Sep 10, 2009 20:05 IST

Amidst a clamour in Pakistan for trying him for treason, former President Pervez Musharraf, currently in London, on Thursday said he was "not in exile".

Musharraf said he will undertake a 40-day lecture tour to US during which he will try to clear up misperceptions about his country.

"I am not in exile," he told The Guardian.

Musharraf's comments assume significance in the wake of reports that he will continue to stay in London or move to US, as demands for putting him under trial grows in Pakistan.

Musharraf, who will embark on the trip to US on September 14, said his talks will focus on his expertise about Islamic militancy and will seek to redress Pakistan's poor international image.

"Pakistan is a most misunderstood country. I enjoy the opportunity to clear up misperceptions," Musharraf told

He declined to comment on the controversy surrounding him back home.

During his lecture tour in the US, Musharraf is expected to be critical of Washington's close relationship with India - reflecting a view widely held in Pakistani military circles, the report said.