Sharif rules out deal with Musharraf
Exiled former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says it is a 'sin' to work with the military leadership.india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 17:13 IST
Exiled former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ruled out striking any deal with President Pervez Musharraf saying it was a "sin" to work with the military leadership.
"Pakistan is not a Garrison State of its Army and the military rule is like a fatal venom for the country.
Military rulers are a fatal poison for the country. Democratic powers must unite on a single platform," media reporters quoted Sharif as saying in a telephonic address to the General Council of Pakistan Muslim League-N here on Wednesday.
"During the last seven years I never talked to the government and I consider it a big sin to strike any deal with generals," Sharif said referring to claims ministers that Sharif and another former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto were in touch with the government for a deal.
The PML-N council later re-elected Sharif's brother Shabaz Sharif, who lived with him in exile as a President. Senior party leader Rajz Zafarul Haq was re-elected as Chairman of the party.
Sharif in his address said his struggle is not against the entire army but against the bunch of "six Generals that are power hungry", apparently referring to Corps Commanders who formed of the top echelons of the Pakistan Army.
"The military rulers should leave power otherwise they will be removed," Sharif who recently signed a Charter of Democracy with Bhutto in London to oppose the military rule in his country said.
"I live, and I am surviving with the name of Pakistan. Everyone will be accounted for at opportune time. The workers must spread to every nook and corner of the country with the spirit of the Pakistan movement. The testing times are about to be over," Sharif said.
Other than Burma and Pakistan, military dictatorships have ended everywhere in the world he said adding that it is about time that the nation should be freed from "this bunch so that we march forward like civilized nations.
"The military governments have given nothing other than disloyalties and dishonour to Pakistan. In the 59 years army generals stayed in power for 30 years. Every military ruler got seven years of rule and the civilian prime minister got 1 and a quarter years of rule. This is a painful history", he said.
Sharif said he was proud of signing the Charter of Democracy because it discourages any deal with the military rulers and dictators.
"The signing of Charter of Democracy between major political forces has made rulers and government as sleepless because it ensures revival of true democracy in the country," Sharif said, while pledging that PML-N would continue its struggle for the revival of democracy and restoration of Constitution.
About the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, he said the grand alliance was being formed against the government and the motion would be brought at appropriate time.
He also thanked the Muthahida Majlis Amal, (MMA) for supporting the opposition in its struggle against the government.