Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has joined hands with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to end the rule of Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan, asserting that Musharraf may not continue in power this year.
"Gen Musharraf is mortally wounded (following the nation-wide agitation sparked by the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry). He may struggle for a while, but he will fall. In my opinion Gen Musharraf is not going to last this year when we have free and fair elections," Khan said at a question and answer session at the London School of Economics on Tuesday evening.
Asked about his party Tehreek-e-Insaf's (Movement for Social Justice) talks with Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan said, "I am closest to Pakistan Muslim League headed by Sharif as he has clearest agenda - no compromise with Gen Musharraf. Former prime minister and chief of Pakistan People's Party Benazir Bhutto talks about a deal with Musharraf and the deal you can have (with the military ruler) is detrimental to Pakistan," he said.
Earlier in the day, Khan and Nawaz Sharif announced that they would hold a conference in London next month to which Bhutto would also be invited.
"We will work together and not just against this dictatorship but even when we think that Musharraf's tenure is over... Because our objectives are the same," Khan said. The all-party conference would be held for two days from July 7.
Musharraf overthrew Sharif in a 1999 coup and then retained power in 2002 elections after gathering disaffected members of Sharif's PML and Bhutto's PPP.