Opposition leader demands Musharraf quit

An Pakistani opposition leader on Sunday demanded that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf step down so upcoming elections could be held free of his military government's interference.

Opposition leader demands Musharraf quit
An Pakistani opposition leader on Sunday demanded that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf step down so upcoming elections could be held free of his military government's interference.

Javed Hashmi, the acting leader of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party, spoke at a news conference Sunday, a day after being released from prison on bail after serving four years of a 23-year sentence for trying to incite a mutiny against Musharraf.

He said Musharraf should allow Sharif and another exiled former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, to return to Pakistan to contest legislative elections due by early 2008. Presidential elections are also expected soon, with Musharraf likely to seek another five-year term.

Hashmi said Musharraf should step down to prove that he was committed to free and fair elections.

"A man who held presidential elections according to his own wish, how can he be expected to hold transparent elections," Hashmi said at a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore.


AP
Last Mod: 05 Ağustos 2007, 13:27
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