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Nawaz rejects Musharraf's olive branch

The former Pakistani Prime Minister in exile rejects the offer while talking to the President's emissary Mushahid Hussain on Friday.

world Updated: Jul 28, 2007 11:44 IST

Former Pakistani Prime Minister in exile Nawaz Sharif has rejected President Pervez Musharraf's olive branch by turning down a government offer of an open field to his party in the coming general elections, a daily reported today.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sharif rejected the offer while talking to President Musharraf's emissary Mushahid Hussain on Friday, saying he could not make compromises on the miseries of the Islamic nation, according to 'The News'.

Sharif was of the view that by accepting a deal from Musharraf aimed at ending their eight-year enmity, PML-N could not ditch the people of Pakistan and its political allies who had posed trust in him by attending an All Parties' Conference in the United Kingdom.

The rejection came after Hussain, assigned the task of contacting the Sharifs, told Nawaz's brother Shahbaz that the government intended to invite him to Pakistan for holding talks and deciding the future course of action keeping in view the coming general elections.

The President's emissary is reported to have told Shahbaz that Musharraf was behind this initiative and the government was ready to let the PML-N have an equal and fair chance to contest the polls. He even hinted at the President's willingness to allow Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan.

In fact, the fresh overtures by the government stem from the recent pressure from the West on Musharraf to sanctify the coming elections and to bring "real democracy" in Pakistan.

First Published: Jul 28, 2007 11:36 IST