We do not accept Musharraf as legitimate president, says Sharif

November 30th, 2007 - 2:08 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Nov 30 (ANI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected Pervez Musharraf’s presidentship, saying that the Supreme Court bench which Musharraf deposed to ensure a second term for his presidentship, should be restored to rule on his election.
Hours after Musharraf was sworn in as president for the second time, this time as a civilian, on Thursday, Sharif demanded an end to the emergency declared on November 3 and the release of imprisoned opponents.
“Under the circumstances, we do not accept him (Musharraf) as a legitimate president,” the Daily Times quoted Sharif, as saying.
Sharif told a foreign news agency that the judiciary was thrown out by Musharraf “just for personal reasons,” and demanded the restoration of deposed apex court judges.
“Whatever decision that the judiciary gives (on his re-election)…that would be a decision which would carry legitimacy and credibility,” he said.
When asked by a foreign news agency about his nomination papers, Sharif said: “If they’ve already decided to turn down my papers, then I can do nothing.”
“There are no courts where I can go to, there is no judiciary which can address my grievances,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a telephonic interview with an Indian magazine, Sharif turned down speculations about a possible alliance with Pakistan People’s Party chief Benazir Bhutto.
He also urged India to shun the military regime in Pakistan.
“India should wait and see, and move when we have democracy back in Pakistan. It will be better that democracy talks to democracy rather than to dictatorship,” he said. (ANI)

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