The Washington Times - July 21, 2011, 06:14PM

Count former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf among those who think Texas Gov. Rick Perry is gearing up for a presidential run.

Mr. Musharraf, who served as president from 2001 to 2008, said on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Thursday that he recently met with Mr. Perry and was left with the impression that he would seek the Republican nomination next year.


Mr. Perry has said he will decide soon on whether to make a White House run, and has been meeting with advisers, potential donors and party officials in key primary states in recent weeks.

Asked directly where he thinks Mr. Perry will run, Mr. Musharraf said, “Yes.”

He added, “I hope I’m not violating the confidentiality that he wanted to maintain about this aspect.”