Pakistan on brink of disaster: Shahbaz Sharif

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London, Nov 6 (UNI) Expressing disappointment at the West's response to the imposition of emergency rule, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) acting President Shahbaz Sharif declared that the country was on the ''brink of disaster''.

''The West should take stock of the situation and review their policy towards President Pervez Musharraf. They are now supporting a man who is drowning and also drowning Pakistan along with him,'' he said while addressing a press conference here.

Referring to the uncontrolled expenditure into the military sector, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's brother said, ''Gen Musharraf has miserably failed. Eight years on it's a military coup against himself.'' It was disappointing that Western governments had half-heartedly condemned this latest draconian law. The western world should not support Gen Musharraf if the law was not rolled back, he said.

''Only an elected dispensation by the will of the people can fight the menace of extremism.'' Asked whether former prime minister Benazir Bhutto remains one leader who has not been arrested, due to pressure from the US, Mr Sharif said, ''I don't know. But this is all over that the Americans cobbled this deal between Musharraf and Bhutto.'' Asked if the PML-N felt it could still trust Ms Bhutto after her attempts to strike a deal with Gen Musharraf, Shahbaz said, ''It's not a question of trust but a question of saving Pakistan's future, of saving Pakistan from a setback we will never be able to recover from.'' If one was able to find a meeting point, why not, he sought to know.

Mr Nawaz Sharif would soon be in London, he said, adding he himself would return to Pakistan soon.


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