Lahore, Feb 9: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that President Pervez Musharraf sent five emissaries to him for reconciliation, but he had refused to negotiate with them.
He said Musharraf had expressed his willingness to work with him if he was elected Prime Minister. Sharif clarified that there was no question of maintaining any working relationship with a person who had sacked an elected government. He said he could not compromise the interests of 160 million people just for personal gains. He termed Musharraf the most hated figure in 60 years history of Pakistan, and said he could better gauge his popularity if he visited a public gathering.
Addressing a public gathering at Sangla Hill, Sharif held Musharraf responsible for the killing of innocent students of Lal Masjid and thousands of missing persons. He said a three-star general who received his salary from the national kitty had unconstitutionally arrested and forcibly exiled an elected Prime Minister.
Sharif deplored that they had handcuffed and chained a sitting PM even in the plane, and said the Musharraf regime could not prove the corruption charges against him. The News quoted him as saying that Pervez Musharraf has illegally detained Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Sharif said he would reinstate all the deposed judges of the superior courts on which he had taken oath from his party candidates.