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Musharraf mollycoddling India: Sharif

The deposed Pak premier criticised the policies of Musharraf and accused him of mortgaging country's sovereignty.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 14:42 IST

Lashing out at President Pervez Musharraf, deposed Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif has said the Kashmir issue has become "more complicated" under his rule and accused him of "doling out" concessions to India without any reciprocity.

Asking Pakistanis to rise against the military rule, he said the country's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah would have had second thoughts about creating it if he had any inclination that Army would rule it for such a long period.

"India says 'get lost,' and we start giving assorted proposals on Kashmir," Sharif, who is currently in London after a five-year exile in Jeddah, told a daily in an interview.

Charging Musharraf with "doling out" concessions to India without any reciprocity, he said "India says no redrawing of borders but we keep repeating the offers."

"...The reality is that the issue of Kashmir has become more complicated and Pakistan is on the backfoot," he said.

Sharif criticised the policies of the Musharraf government and accused him of mortgaging the country's sovereignty, honour and national interest.

He called on Pakistanis to rise against the military rule, saying that "enough is enough. I ask the people of Pakistan to rise. And rise now. Otherwise it will be too late. I am giving them a wake up call."

Sharif said people should start struggle for a decisive battle and make Pakistan a country that Jinnah had envisioned.

"Had the Quaid (Jinnah) known that army would rule over this country for such a long period, he must have given second thoughts while struggling for the creation of Pakistan."