British diplomat fails to garner Sharif's support for Musharraf

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Lahore, Aug.13 (ANI): Talks between senior British diplomat Mark Lyall Grant, who is trying to garner the support of Pakistani leaders to prevent former President General Pervez Musharraf from being tried for high treason, and Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif have failed to yield the desired results.

According to sources, the meeting did not result in any 'fruitful' outcome over the issue of a possible trial of Musharraf.

Sources said that the PML-N chief told Grant that since the Supreme Court had put the ball in parliament's court, the party wanted the government to take further action on the issue.

According to the Dawn, Sharif told Grant, who is currently the Director of Political Affairs at the British Foreign Office that the PML-N does want to create more trouble in the country and derail the nation's democratic set-up.

"What we want is that the PPP should honour its commitment on the 17th Amendment and resolve the issue in the light of the Charter of Democracy," sources quoted Sharif, as saying.

It may be noted that Grant, who had served as the High Commissioner in Islamabad, had also helped Musharraf escape impeachment by parliament after he was forced to step down.

Grant is also trying to achieve reconciliation between the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the PML-N. (ANI)

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