Sharif reveals deal secret
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif feels compelled to disclose the terms of the deal which's Govt was using to stop him going home, reports Vijay Dutt.Updated: Sep 09, 2007, 04:00 IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while iterating his determination to fly on September 9 to land in Islamabad at around noon the following day, said that because of intense pressure on him he felt compelled to disclose the terms of the deal which Musharraf's Government was using to stop him going home. He said the promises given to him when he signed the deal were reneged under pressure of President Musharraf.
Talking with journalists he said that when Saad Hariri, son of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Harari brought in 2000 the papers stipulating that Sharif would not return to Pakistan for ten years, he had told Hariri that ten years were too long and he would not sign the deal. Upon which Hariri promised that he would have the period cut by half, to five years. Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia-now the King-too felt that ten years was too long a period.
Sahrif said it was also agreed that once Sharif landed in Saudi
Arabia, he would have the freedom of movement and could travel to any country except Pakistan.
But when asked later Hariri said that after 9/11 the situation hadchanged and he could not keep his promise - at about this time Musharraf became an ally of America in the fight against terror.
So, Sharif explained, he has kept his promise and is in fact, returning home after seven years. It is others who did not keep their promise,he added.
Sharif, along with about 60 journalists and supporters is booked on multiple flights leaving Heathrow on Sunday for Islamabad. It is said that he would possibly take the Etihaad flight to Abu Dhabi from where he would reach Islamabad on Monday afternoon. But this was not onfirmed by his aides who merely said that they have asked supporters to reach Heathrow at 4pm.