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No love lost between Musharraf and Sharif

Both continue to be very intense in their contempt towards each other and are firmly unyielding to change their minds.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 16:33 IST

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who was ousted in a bloodless coup by General Pervez Musharraf is still hurt by the humiliation and disgrace he suffered at the hands of the country's military, it seems.

Close aides of the former Prime Minister say that he remains uncompromising, inflexible and obstinate when it comes to General Musharraf, the man he believes responsible for his downfall and pathetic condition.

That is also one of the reason Sharif always says he would never enter into any truce with the General whenever Musharraf's name crops up during discussions and public meetings.

"Nawaz Sharif continues to be uncompromising, inflexible and obstinate as far as General Musharraf is concerned.

Nawaz is not prone to forget the past and is still as hurt by the disgrace he suffered during and after the sacking of his government as he was on day one," The News quoted an insider as saying.

Since Sharif faced the brunt of a coup, he is of the strong view that it should be decided for once and all that the country's armed forces should not have any role in the political affairs of the country and should rather focus on their constitutionally-mandated professional duties.

Experts have also pointed out the difference in the manner followed by Sharif and his adversary and former Premier Benazir Bhutto.

While Benazir accepted to become a Prime Minister under President Ghulam Ishaq Khan, an extension of the General Zia ul Haq rule, Sharif is not willing to contest any elections presided over by Musharraf.

Similarly, Musharraf has also neither forgiven nor forgotten Sharif.

He continues to be very intense in his contempt towards Sharif and is firmly unyielding to change his mind and keeps harping on ostracising him from the political ring in future.