Sharif willing to ally with Benazir if she stops negotiations with Musharraf

November 14th, 2007 - 10:16 am ICT by admin  
“I would still be very willing to work with her provided she now abandons all her plans to go along with Musharraf because he’s a dictator and the man responsible for the present day’s crisis,” The Nation quoted Sharif, as saying in an interview to a news agency.

The PML (N) leader said he had spoken to Benazir in the immediate aftermath of the October 18 suicide attack that targeted her homecoming from exile, killing 145 people. Sharif said they had also exchanged brief words two days ago when they were phoned by the same radio station for interviews.

He added that Benazir “has to join the democratic forces.”

Sharif said that unless he was able to return to Pakistan before parliamentary elections, as Benazir has been allowed to do, the elections would be a ‘farce’.

“If Benazir Bhutto is there, what’s the harm if Nawaz Sharif comes to Pakistan?” he asked.

He urged the West to abandon Musharraf by dissociating themselves from the military ruler, saying Pakistan was heading deeper into chaos and his arch-enemy had outlived his usefulness in fighting terrorism.

“One man is holding the entire nation hostage for his personal interests,” he said.

“The political forces, the lawyers and civil community that believe in moderation and democracy, they are sidelined today. Who is going to get the benefit? It will be the radicals and extremists, they will thrive now.

“Musharraf is a man who has outlived his utility in terms of fighting any battle against terror,” Sharif added.

Sharif went on to urge the people of Pakistan to protest against Musharraf, and predicted that unless the state of emergency was reversed and the general ousted, the country could be pitched toward ‘catastrophe’.

“If he (Musharraf) still continues to cling onto power, then of course people will not keep watching the situation in their homes and remain silent spectators, they will come on the streets. I see that large numbers will come onto the streets in the coming days,” he said. (ANI)

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