LONDON: Former Prime Minister and Quaid of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Mian Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday described Gen Musharraf’s offer to step down as army chief as “too little, too late.” He was responding to a claim by the PPP Chairperson, Benazir Bhutto that President Pervez Musharraf had agreed to quit as army chief before his reelection as President. “Musharraf does not qualify to be a presidential candidate, whether in or out of uniform,” he told British media in London.
“He (Musharraf) has lost credibility and the people of Pakistan want him out,” the former Prime Minister said. Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday that almost 80 percent issues had been sorted out between the government and the PPP. He also rejected the reports that any government emissary, and for that matter Brigadier Niaz, who is close to Shrif family, had held any talks with Nawaz Sharif. The PML-N leader pledged to return to Pakistan ‘soon,’ presenting an immediate challenge to both Gen Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto.-SANA