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The Return of Nawaz Sharif

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Posted on Aug 23, 2007
Nawaz Sharif
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Here’s a bit of news that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf no doubt finds unwelcome:  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (pictured), whom Musharraf overthrew in a 1999 coup, is coming out of exile and plans to return to Pakistan to challenge Musharraf’s position.   


Mr Sharif told the BBC: “Dictatorship and democracy don’t go together. One will have to go.

“It is dictatorship which will have to go. The sooner Musharraf understands this, the better it is for him and the country.”

He said he was not afraid of facing charges upon his return to Pakistan.

“I’m not scared,” he said. “If Musharraf wants to fabricate cases against me, let him do that. I’ll face them.”

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By Shehzad Asghar, September 8, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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Musharraf is niether an army chief (he was deposed) nor a president (as per constitution of pakistan an a government official cannot become a president within 2 years of retirment/termination). Musharraf is an ultimate opportunist, rude, crude, coward, manipulative, alcaholic and a womanizer. While Nawaz Sharif is a pious sincere clean and a soft spoken lected prime minister. That is the onlt simple straight forward difference b/w the two

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By jatihoon, August 24, 2007 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

Things in Pakistan are moving in right direction.It is a new country with intelligent educated class, will finally find the right solution for the country.

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By Douglas Chalmers, August 24, 2007 at 7:55 am Link to this comment

What’s coming up sounds somewhat like the recent Turkish elections. A Moslem conservative (Sharif) vs a moderate (Ms. Bhutto) but the military not quite in the background (Musharraf). Benazir Bhutto was in exile over corruption charges and Nawaz Sharif was also in exile over taxation charges. Musharraf has been playing the military game since Zia Ul Haq grabbed power from Ms. Bhutto’s father.

Ms. Bhutto, whose father was also a prime minister, was in power before Sharif.  and

“According to the PPP chairperson Ms Benazir Bhutto, President General Pervez Musharraf should consider amnesty for all politicians as a “confidence-building measure”. This may be her way of gaining leverage in her dialogue with President Musharraf, but it is clearly a realistic option in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow Mr Nawaz Sharif permission to return to Pakistan…”\24\story_24-8-2007_pg3_1

Ses links on left at for more detail. Note the missiles in the background in this picture of Sharif when in power a decade ago

By the way, I cam across this fun interactive “Cartoon Qaida”  animated multimedia clip at and there is an audio download as well.

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