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Sharif brothers tried to assassinate me twice, claims Zardari

Zardari’s statements come at a time when political circles have said he may be entering an understanding with the country’s military high command.

world Updated: Oct 23, 2017 09:24 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari,ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif,Shehbaz Sharif
Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari.(Reuters File)

Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif twice planned to assassinate him.

His statements come at a time when political circles have said that Zardari may be entering an understanding with the country’s military high command.

Zardari, 62, told party workers in Lahore that Nawaz and Shehbaz plotted his murder when he was serving a eight-year sentence in connection with corruption cases filed against him. He said the Sharif brothers planned to kill him when he was going to a court to attend his hearing. In another incident, the Sharif brothers ordered jailers to cut out his tongue, he claimed.

“The Sharif brothers twice planned my murder in captivity in 1990s,” Zardari said, adding that he would not honour an agreement signed between his deceased wife Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz, called the “charter of democracy”. Under the charter, both parties were supposed to support each other when under threat from non-democratic forces.

He said: “I have not yet forgotten what they (the Sharifs) have done to Benazir Bhutto and me. We forgave them. They cannot be trusted this time around and I will not shake hands with them.”

Zardari’s claims come a month after former dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf accused him of being involved in Bhutto’s assassination. “The one responsible for all miseries of the Bhutto family...is none other but Zardari,” Musharraf had said in a video message released from Dubai.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 21:01 IST