Determined to oppose Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's move to get himself re-elected in military uniform, exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said it is an attempt to "hijack the peoples' mandate to prolong dictatorship".
Sharif, who was ousted by Musharraf as Prime Minister in a bloodless coup in 1999, said the issue would be put on the all parties conference agenda in London in order to devise measures against it.
"The re-election plan is meant for hijacking the people's mandate in the coming elections for the continuity of dictatorship", Sharif was quoted today by The Nation daily as saying.
Stating that Musharraf "had no legal, constitutional or moral status" to continue in the post, Sharif said the person who could use force against the elected government for his ulterior motives could not be of any good to the nation.
He said with Musharraf having put all government institutions under his control to rig the election, no caretaker government or election commission under him could be of any use.
The "rulers" were insulting the masses by declaring they would not let the popular leadership return to the country as Musharraf would be exposed as soon as they returned, Sharif was quoted by the daily as saying.