Nawaz to return soon, says Shahbaz

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London, Sep 19 (UNI) Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was deported to Jeddah on September 10, will return to Pakistan ''very soon,'', PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif said.

If Benazir Bhutto gave up negotiations with President Musharraf and rejoined the democratic alliance, it ''would be a very good day for Pakistan,''Shahbaz told mediapersons here.

He, however, ruled out any chances of Nawaz Sharif's return to London, ''Mian nawaz saab is not coming to London, he will be going to Pakistan very soon,'' he said.

Though he gave no exact dates but disclosed Kulsoom Nawaz, the former Prime Minister's wife will be returning to Pakistan very soon, and in all probability before her husband.

Shabaz pointed out that he did not accept President Musharraf's statement that he would take off his uniform if he was elected President. He retorted, ''Why 'if'? Suppose he is not elected President then will he still keep his uniform? That is the point of the issue. It is not acceptable at all. He has to take off his uniform immediately. We will not accept candidature in uniform from this assembly or any other.'' Given the fact that Ms Bhutto has also opposed Gen Musharraf's plan to give up his uniform if he became President, was there a likelihood of Ms Bhutto's PPP once again becoming part of the alliance for democracy, Mr Shabaz said, ''I have said time and again and am saying again that let her (Bhutto) say goodbye to these negotiations and we'll be more than happy to have her back in our alliance.'' ''She has a strong influence on her party, she's a leader. I think she will add to the strength of the struggle against President Musharraf's dictatorship. If she decides to ditch these negotiations she is more than welcome. It will be a very good day for Pakistan.'' UNI

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