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Musharraf wanted an underhand deal in 2007: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that former president Pervez Musharraf wanted to do an underhand deal in 2007, which he turned down at that time.

The PM was addressing a Pakistan Muslime League-Nawaz parliamentary leaders’ session. He said that the ex-military ruler sent an indirect message that he is interested in solving issues.

The premier said that he doesn’t believe in clandestine deals. He said that he was made to leave Pakistan during bad times and wasn’t allowed to come back too.

“Now Musharraf can’t come back to Pakistan, this is retribution,” he added.

During the meeting, matters pertaining to the political situation, development projects, and parliamentary affairs were discussed.

The PM said that the current tenure is tricky, although all the challenges were accepted.

Senators also demanded development funds in the session. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also gave a briefing.

He said that some people are politically immature. “They are not stopping us but the country from progressing,” he said.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, in the session, said that production of electricity will start soon from Neelum-Jhelum and other projects.

Senior political analyst Hamir Mir spoke to the media on the subject. He said that he would avoid using the word ‘deal’ as Musharraf did try to ‘meet’ Nawaz around that time.

Mir said that in 2006, instead Nawaz Sharif and late Benazir Bhutto signed Charter of Democracy, following which Musharraf wanted to contact at least one of them.

He said that the former military leader could not meet Nawaz at that time. Had that happened, there would have been no National Reconciliation Ordinance.

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