Musharraf Mulls Return to Politics
Pakistani leaders' bickering stokes ex-president's hopes
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 2:48 PM CDT
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, front, reacts as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks on during a summit of Economic Cooperation Organization in Tehran, Iran Wednesday March, 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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(Newser) – Pakistan's civilian leaders have squandered months on a struggle to oust one another, just when the global financial crisis and ever-bolder religious militants are further destabilizing the country, Time reports. One man sees opportunity in the current fiasco: Pervez Musharraf. After months out of the public eye, the ousted former president has recently made a number of appearances.

The former military leader has said he would take the presidency again if it were offered. But term limits bar him from the office for the next 2 years, and many Pakistanis have not forgiven or forgotten his tenure. "He's behaving as if he's done wonders for the country," said one retired general. "He has no idea of the legacy he has left behind.”