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Let Bhutto ditch Musharraf: Shahbaz

world Updated: Oct 03, 2007 19:59 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
Bhutto

He is sore at the way his brother was deported to Jeddah immediately after landing in Islamabad on September 10. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif said, would be returning to Pakistan from Jeddah "very soon".



He stressed that if Pakistan People's Party leader Benazir Bhutto gave up negotiations with President Pervez Musharraf and joined the democratic alliance, it would be a "very good day for Pakistan".



Shahbaz Sharif told

HT

that Nawaz would not be returning to London. "

Mian saab

(as Nawaz Sharif is known) is not coming to London, he will be going to Pakistan very soon". The older Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, would also be going back home soon.



Shahbaz Sharif rejected Gen Musharraf's commitment to the Pakistani Supreme Court that he would take off his uniform if re-elected President. "Why 'if'? Suppose he is not elected President then will he still keep his uniform? That is the point of the issue. It is not acceptable at all. He has to take off his uniform immediately. We will accept candidature in uniform from this assembly or any other."



On Benazir Bhutto, he said, "I have said time and again and am saying again that let her (Bhutto) say goodbye to these negotiations and ditch Musharraf and we'll be more than happy to have her back in our alliance.



"She has a strong influence on her party, she's a leader. I think she will add to the strength of the struggle against Musharraf's dictatorship. If she decides to ditch these negotiations she is more than welcome. It will be good for Pakistan."