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Musharraf hints at return to Pak politics

world Updated: Feb 16, 2010 09:36 IST

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, settled in London on self-exile, has hinted at a return to Pakistan politics if the voters of his country decided.

Stating that he loved his country, the former president said "I would do anything for Pakistan."

The retired general who was replaced last year in elections after nine years as president was speaking at a meeting at the Chatham House, a think-tank, in London.

Musharraf, who ousted the elected government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999, said, "For Pakistan one would be prepared to do anything. However, it is for the people of Pakistan who need to decide."

"I'm a civilian now, I'm not a military man, I cannot take over anything," a reference to his seizure of power while
army chief from Sharif, the former military ruler said in a lighter vein.

"I have to come through the political process, through the process of elections.

But I think it's very good - it's very good because I think I will have that legitimacy which I never had," he said.