Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif rules out becoming Pakistan Prime Minister under Pervez Musharraf

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz SharifLahore, Nov 26 : Former Pakistan Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Nawaz Sharif on Monday categorically rejected the possibility of his becoming the country's premier under President General Pervez Musharraf, even as he filed nomination papers to contest in the January polls today.

Refuting reports of his secret understanding with Musharraf that paved his return to his home country, Sharif said, "I will never strike any deal with a dictator. However, my deal will be with you."

Pervez Musharraf tried to block my return to Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif

Lahore, Nov 26 : Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has thanked Saudi Arabian King Abdullah for his support in facilitating his return to Pakistan, and said that President Pervez Musharraf tried to block it.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Sharif called for restoration of democracy and the rule of law in the country.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Sharif demanded the withdrawal of emergency rule in the country.

A meeting of All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) will be held on November 29 and before that the other parties will be convinced about the need for boycotting the election, he said.

I have deal with the people, not with Pervez Musharraf: Nawaz Sharif

Lahore, Nov 26: Former Prime Minister Nawaz SharifFormer Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected reports that he has returned to Pakistan on the basis of a deal the Musharraf regime.

"I have deal with people, but no deal with government," Sharif said at his reception at the Data Darbar where he arrived after 11 hours of travelling from Lahore Airport.

Sharif, accompanied by his wife Kulsoom and former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, paid visit to Data Darbar.

"Together we will restore democracy and end dictatorship," Sharif told supporters.

Nawaz Sharif’s to return to Pak on Nov. 25

Islamabad, Nov 24: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz SharifPakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif has said that his elder brother Nawaz Sharif would end his exile, and return to Pakistan on Sunday.

“We will fly on Sunday on Saudi Airlines directly from Medina to Lahore,” Shahbaz told ARY One World television.

Shahbaz went on to say that Nawaz Sharif, who met Saudi King Abdullah on Friday, would return along with his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, and before returning they could go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

New back channel formula to facilitate Nawaz Sharifs return to Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 23: Former Premier Nawaz ShairfA new formula has been evolved through back-channel diplomacy under which former premier Nawaz Shairf’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz and brother Shahbaz Sharif may return to Pakistan earlier, possibly by Sunday, to file their nomination papers for the coming general election.

Highly placed sources privy to some of the negotiations and are following the rapidly changing situation said that if this formula came through, Nawaz might delay his return, and arrive in Pakistan after November 26, which would be his way of avoiding participation in the January 8 elections.

Sharif woos Benazir to ensure poll boycott

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz SharifIslamabad, Nov 22: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is trying to convince Pakistan People's Party chief Benazir Bhutto to boycott the 2008 general elections.

According to sources, Sharif is confident that both will succeed in evolving a consensus on the boycott of polls.

"Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif telephoned Benazir on Wednesday and tried to convince her to boycott the elections," Daily Times quoted the source, as saying.

Riyadh keen to send Sharif back to Pakistan to stem anti-Saudi feelings

Islamabad, Nov 21: Former Prime Minister Nawaz SharifIn their attempt to stem the growing anti-Saudi feelings in Pakistan, authorities in Saudi Arabia are drawing a strategy to send former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his home country before the elections scheduled for January 8 next year.

Riyadh is worried with the fact that a majority of Pakistanis feel that Saudis had helped President General Pervez Musharraf to deport Sharif to Jeddah.

If elections are free moderates will come to power: Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz SharifJeddah, Nov 18 : Former premier Nawaz Sharif has said that President Pervez Musharraf’s self-serving contention that a free vote would result in extremists coming to power is utterly flawed, and intended to frighten the West.

"‘First, the people of Pakistan should have the chance to elect people they trust, " Sharif said.

"My party, the PML-N, and the PPP enjoy tremendous support across the country. Both of these parties are more progressive and forward-looking than the generals ineffective autocracy, " he added.

Benazir, Nawaz likely to form an alliance to oust Musharraf

Islamabad, Nov 15: Former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz SharifFormer Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have agreed to work together in a new alliance for a two-point agenda: Throw out Musharraf and restore the sacked Supreme Court judges.

Sources close to the exiled former premier, Nawaz Sharif, have told Bhutto that they should make a joint statement that Musharraf should go and Senate Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro, after becoming the acting President, should form a consensus caretaker government to hold general elections.

Sharif welcomes Benazir’s demand for Musharraf’s resignation

PML-N chief Nawaz SharifLahore, Nov 14: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has welcomed former premier Benazir Bhutto’s demand that President General Pervez Musharraf should resign from both offices.

Sharif also called it “a positive development”.

According to Geo News, Benazir contacted Sharif, Qazi Hussain Ahmad and Imran Khan to which they responded positively.

Qazi had told Benazir that her independent efforts in the prevailing situation would only damage the opposition’s cause, the Daily Times reported.

Pak can rid itself of dictatorship if all parties boycott elections: Sharif

Lahore, Nov 13: Former Prime Minister Nawaz SharifPakistan can rid itself of dictatorship if all political parties boycott the elections, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Geo News.

Sharif said that elections would be meaningless if political activists and civil society representatives remained behind bars.

He said he would send his recommendations to the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM).

Commenting on his contacts with Bhutto, Sharif said she has not yet replied to a letter that he wrote to her on November 10, asking her to launch a joint struggle against Musharraf.

Sharif terms holding elections under PCO as fraudulent

Lahore, Nov 12: Former Prime Minister Nawaz SharifFormer Pakistan Prime Minister and PML (N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that holding the general elections with the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) in place will be fraudulent.

The Daily Times quoted Sharif as saying in a Geo News report that President General Pervez Musharraf imposed an “emergency-cum-martial law” to rig the general elections and to pave way for his allies in the upcoming elections.

Pervez Musharraf has taken away rights of the 160 million people: Nawaz Sharif

Karachi, Nov 4 : Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that President Pervez Musharraf by proclaiming an emergency has taken away the rights of the 160 million people.

He said Musharraf’s action would bring more hardships for the people of Pakistan, and appealed to the people to "rise against the dictator".

"The people of Pakistan should rise. It’s time for the people to rise. They must respond to the call of duty. This is a great opportunity. If we let it go, a similar opportunity will never come," he said.

"Never in the 60 years of Pakistan’s history has any president done this. The situation in the country is alarming," Sharif said.

Nawaz Sharif labels Musharraf as a terrorist

Dubai, Nov 3: Former Pakistan Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif termed the imposition of emergency in his country as
'unfortunate' and labelled President Pervez Musharraf as a 'terrorist'.

"Imposing emergency is another form of terrorism," Sharif said.

Urging the people to come out on the streets to protest against the emergency, Sharif wished he could return to Pakistan soon.

Sharif, who returned to Islamabad on September 10,
was first arrested and then forcibly sent back to Jeddah by President
Musharraf's regime.

Musharraf had overthrown Sharif in a bloodless coup in October 1999 and charged him with hijacking and terrorism charges.

Nawaz Sharif speaks to Benazir Bhutto, denounces attempted suicide attacks

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Lahore, Oct 19 : Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto and condemned explosions that took place near her convoy late on Thursday night, killing 138 people.

Sharif expressed his shock and grief over those killed and injured in the blasts, ARY TV reported.

Sharif said the Musharraf regime must have taken enough security measures to avoid such incidents.

Govt to respond positively to Nawaz Sharif’s conciliatory stance: Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, Oct 13 : President Pervez Musharraf Nawaz Sharifhas said that if former premier Nawaz Sharif demonstrates a conciliatory attitude after the election, the government would respond positively.

Replying a question about the politicians’ homecoming, Musharraf said that he wants an amicable environment in the country, so they should not return to Pakistan with an attitude of confrontation.

Musharraf reiterated that the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is not a party-specific law, but it has been enacted to create positive political environment and end the politics of victimisation.

‘Nawaz Sharif to make another comeback bid around Oct 18’

London, Sept 30 : Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was deported back to Jeddah within hours of his landing at Islamabad Airport on September 10, will make another attempt to return home around October 18.

His brother and the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Shahbaz Sharif, told Al Jazeera TV that Nawaz is "going to return very soon after Ramadan," despite the risk of another deportation.

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