Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif to meet in London
The two are tight-lipped about their plans to return home but have indicated they will be back before the general election next year.Updated: Apr 03, 2006 11:45 IST
Two former Pakistani prime ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, are to meet in London later in April to finalise plans to launch a movement against President Pervez Musharraf.
The two are tight-lipped about their plans to return home but have indicated they will be back before the general election promised next year by Musharraf.
Raja Zafarul Haq, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chairman, told Daily Times that the steering committee formed by the opposition would finalise plans for the launch of a movement.
Both Bhutto and Sharif face serious charges before Pakistani courts and could be arrested on arrival.
Their properties have been attached on the order of the National Accountability Bureau. Properties worldwide of Bhutto's husband, Asif Ali Zardari, were ordered to be attached by a court last week.
Another report in Daily Times said Sharif "refused to reveal" to his close aides at a recent meeting in London exactly when he actually plans to return to Pakistan.
At the meeting of the party's new central working committee (CWC), PML-N leaders pressed their party chief to reveal when he plans to return and urged him and his brother Shahbaz Sharif to do so before the general elections in 2007.
"Inshallah, I will soon be among you in Pakistan. But I will decide the time for my return myself," a source quoted Sharif as telling the CWC members. However, he added that he would return before the general elections.
Sources said the PML-N chief told his party colleagues that he would not return to Saudi Arabia, and would ask the British authorities to extend his six-month multiple-entry visa.
First Published: Apr 03, 2006 11:45 IST