U.S. 'mildly' critical of Sharif deportation

The United States mildly rebuked Pakistan's government on Monday for deporting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hours after he returned home from exile vowing to end the rule of President Pervez Musharraf.

U.S. 'mildly' critical of Sharif deportation
The United States mildly rebuked Pakistan's government on Monday for deporting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hours after he returned home from exile vowing to end the rule of President Pervez Musharraf.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the decision to deport Sharif back to Saudi Arabia on Monday went against the Pakistan Supreme Court's view last month that the former premier had the right to return and the government should not try to stop him.

"The decision to deport him runs contrary to the Supreme Court's decision but as I said it is still a pending legal matter," McCormack told reporters, when asked to comment on Sharif's deportation.

The White House was more muted in its comments and spokesman Tony Snow said Sharif's deportation was a matter for the Pakistanis to work through.

Reuters
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