This is one former Pakistani PM who now steadfastly refuses to compromise, who would rather not negotiate an agreement on a return to his homeland, and who refuses to have any truck with a military leader he abhors or "take dictation from Washington". From his home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Nawaz Sharif spoke to Neena Gopal about Pervez Musharraf, the Emergency in Pakistan and betrayal in politics. Excerpts from an interview:
What was your first reaction when you heard Gen Musharraf had imposed Emergency?
He's gone back to square one, exactly to the point where he started in October '99. This is not an emergency, it's martial law under the garb of emergency. His attack on the judiciary is unheard of, forcing judges to take an oath validating the Provisional Constitutional Order. The manner in which the chief justice has been replaced, the way he and the other judges have been confined to their homes...it's a day of mourning for Pakistan.
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