Musharraf asks Shahbaz to join national government

January 13th, 2008 - 2:43 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Jan 13 (ANI): Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has met Brigadier (retired) Niaz Ahmad, who passed a message from President Pervez Musharraf about the formation of a national government before the general election, sources have said.

Sources in the PML-N said that Musharraf had suggested Shahbaz Sharif to become a part of the proposed government.

They said Musharraf had also proposed a future role for Shahbaz Sharif after the elections.

However Shahbaz had told Niaz that he would not reply to the proposals without consulting Nawaz Sharif, sources added.

Sources said this was the second meeting between Shahbaz and Niaz this week. Neither side would confirm or deny that they had met earlier.

They said Niaz Ahmad had requested the Sharif brothers to soften the language against Musharraf at their public meetings.

Brig (retired) Niaz, a former instructor to Musharraf, has been negotiating with the PML-N and the PPP leaders for the past several years and had held several meeting with the Sharif brothers in London and Saudi Arabia.

In the past, the PML-N had denied such contacts, but on Saturday a group of reporters saw Shahbaz outside the Embassy Road residence of the retired Brigadier Niaz when he was leaving the place after the meeting.

Shahbaz told reporters that his meeting with Niaz should not be construed as a political move.

The Dawn quoted him as saying that he had come only to pay a courtesy call.

Earlier, Shahbaz dashed to Islamabad on Saturday and returned to Lahore in the evening after holding separate meetings with an aide of President Pervez Musharraf, the Saudi Ambassador and a former bureaucrat, they said. (ANI)

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