LONDON (AFP) - Former President Pervez Musharraf said Monday that efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan were being undermined by talk of withdrawal timetables for international forces. Speaking in London, Musharraf backed the current military assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, the US troop surge and political efforts for peace-but said world powers must make their commitment clear. We have sent 30,000 more troops, American troops, an operation is going on-very good, he said in a speech at the Chatham House think-tank. But when we are talking of running away and going after two years and all that, if I was the Taliban commander, I would leave all the places and not offer any resistance. The retired general added: We must give them (Afghans) the hope and strength that we are going to stay behind them and support them-not that well be leaving in two years, and well leave you in the lurch. Musharraf warned that beating militants in Afghanistan and the border areas of Pakistan was vital in defeating terrorists all over the world. The centre of gravity of all this is Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan, he said. Karzai won international backing last month for his plan to reconcile moderate Taliban insurgents by giving them jobs, education and protection in return for laying down their arms. Musharraf said this was harder then it would have been when international forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001, when the Taliban were weakened, because a policy of treating all Pashtuns as the enemy had left them alienated. Unfortunately back in 2003, after 9/11, when I was going on the political path and having deals with the Pashtuns and weaning them away from the Taliban-all the mis-perceptions of me double-crossing, double-dealing with everyone in the West-whereas now they are doing exactly what I was doing in 2003, he said. He added: When at that time we could have done the same thing from a position of strength, now we are doing this from a position of weakness. Musharraf hinted at a return to politics in his homeland on Monday, saying he would do anything for Pakistan but the voters there must decide. I love my country and I would do anything for Pakistan, the retired general, who was replaced last year in elections after nine years as president, he said. He added: For Pakistan one would be prepared to do anything. However, it is for the people of Pakistan who need to decide. Musharraf joked that, Im a civilian now, Im not a military man, I cannot take over anything, a reference to his seizure of power, while army chief, from elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999. I have to come through the political process, through the process of elections. But I think its very good-its very good because I think I will have that legitimacy which I never had, he said. Musharraf did not say if he has decided to return to Pakistan to face trial over his 2007 detention of judges as he attempted to cling to power.