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Musharraf 'creating environment' for return

Former Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf has announced his aim to leave exile in London to return to Pakistani politics.

Speaking on the Today programme, he said he was "in the process of creating an environment" which would allow him to return to the country before the next election, despite his concern that he is at risk of assassination.

"There is a sense of despondency spreading in Pakistan," he told John Humphrys, arguing that a "dysfunctional" government and the threat of terrorism were causing a crisis in the country.

"Who is the saviour?" he asked. "The army can do it".

"As long as the military exists and is strong, nothing will happen to Pakistan".

He argued that the UK and US had failed to educate "the masses" about the importance of the war in Afghanistan.

If the countries pulled out now, he said, "you will have to come again" in 10 or 15 years.

And he accused the West of having "short memories" over the history of the Taliban, who were formed first with US support to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

"Please don't blame Pakistan," he said.

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