PPP has rejected all offers of a deal with Govt: Sharif

The PML-N leader says the democracy charter prohibits talking to military rulers.

world Updated: Apr 07, 2007 13:25 IST

In the backdrop of reported talks between PPP and the military regime, former Pakistan prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has said his party had rejected all offers of a deal with the government.

"We signed the Charter of Democracy with Pakistan People's Party (PPP) pledging that neither we will talk to military rulers nor any deal will be reached with them," Sharif said in a statement issued from his exile in London.

The PML-N leader said his party would play a decisive role in the country's politics based on principles and morality, stressing that the party had closed its doors for all turncoats.

"We have closed doors for all those who changed their loyalties and we will prove that politics can be practiced without turncoats," he said referring to defectors of his party who form the bulk of Musharraf's supporters.

Sharif's comments come in the wake of Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed's recent statement that the abolition of a cell dealing with cases against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Zardari was a move to improve relations with political parties.

"All I can say is the talks between the government and PPP have been very fruitful and have progressed smoothly. What happens in the future remains to be seen," Ahmed had said.

Speaking about the situation in Pakistan, Sharif said the only solution to the crisis being faced by the country was the formation of an interim government, which could hold free and fair elections.

"Only the elected leadership through fair elections can resolve the country's problems," he said while expressing confidence that PML-N would achieve a more convincing victory than in 1997 if the coming elections are held in a fair and impartial manner.

He alleged that President Pervez Musharraf by dragging army into politics along with playing havoc with the federation had made the institution of army controversial.

"Our struggle is against those who came into power from backdoors and are supporting a dictator".

"Owing to policies of Musharraf, the country was facing the worst crisis of governance, constitution and judiciary," he said adding "now it is decisive moment for all the democratic powers to wage a joint struggle against dictatorship".

First Published: Apr 07, 2007 13:13 IST