Islamabad, Mar 26: Hours after Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani was sworn in as the new Pakistan Prime Minister, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif sent warning signals to President Pervez Musharraf, asking him to step down immediately else the new government will have "to do something" to get rid of him.
Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Nawaz, whose government was toppled and was arrested by Musharraf in October 1999, said that the President should understand the National Assembly"s "loud" message and step down immediately. We will have to do something if he (Musharraf) does not step down. I would have quit had I, God forbid, been in his position," the Daily Times quoted the former premier as saying in reply to a question whether the new government should go for impeachment of the President.
He said President Musharraf should not burden the new parliament. "I would advise him to accept the mandate of the people and step down and let the assembly elect a new President," he added. About the restoration of the sacked judiciary, he said it was a matter of days and there was no issue of 'if" to honour the promise made to the people. The nation was delighted by the release of the detained judges, he said and added that the issue had brought shame to the country as a "dictator" had kept judges and their families under house arrest for months. "It was a shameful drama and all the characters in it should be held accountable," he added.