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Musharraf offered me a deal in 2007, says Nawaz

Updated Mar 22, 2017 07:48am

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif revealed on Tuesday that retired Gen Pervez Musharraf had offered him an “underhanded” deal to form a joint government in 2008.

Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary committee, the prime minister said: “Musharraf wanted a secret deal with me in 2007.”

A source quoted the prime minister as saying that he did not believe in secret deals, which was why he was always blessed with success.


Ahmed Raza Kasuri disputes PM’s claim; PML-N senators ask for development funds


“Musharraf offered me the deal directly, but I turned it down,” the prime minister revealed for the first time.

PM Sharif said Gen Musharraf was willing to meet him and made several attempts to do so in the past.

“But I declined,” the prime minister said.

He said that his family did not want to leave their motherland, but were forced into exile by the military dictator.

“We left the country in a miserable condition and were not allowed to return for a long time,” he said.

The prime minister noted that the former president was now facing a similar fate and had left the country in disgrace.

“Now, Musharraf is willing to return to the country, but he cannot,” he said.

Editorial: Musharraf’s latest coup

The government of Nawaz Sharif was toppled by Gen Musharraf through a coup in 1999 and many members of the Sharif family, PM Sharif himself, were forced into exile in Saudi Arabia, where they remained until their return to Pakistan in Nov 2007.

However, PM Sharif’s assertions were disputed by former Musharraf aide and All-Pakistan Muslim League member Ahmed Raza Kasuri. “I have been working with Gen Musharraf for a long time and I have never heard any such thing,” he said.

Mr Kasuri said everyone knew that the Sharifs went abroad under an agreement for 10 years and there could be no question that Musharraf offered him a deal to form a joint government.

“It was, in fact, Nawaz Sharif who was begging to return to the country in 2007,” he maintained.

Regarding Musharraf’s own exile, he said his party chief went abroad after he was allowed to leave the country by the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court. He said that while the former general left the country amid fanfare, the Sharifs escaped “like thieves”.

“[The claim is] absolute rubbish and [a] bundle of lies, which has only been propagated for [the prime minister’s] image-building that was badly affected due to his lies in the Panama scandal,” Mr Kasuri concluded.

Meanwhile, other important issues were also discussed in the parliamentary committee meeting, including preparations for the 2018 general elections.

One of the members present complained that federal ministers did not meet party leaders and workers.

It was also proposed that senators should be given development funds along the lines of those received by members of the National Assembly so that they could also carry out development projects in their constituencies.

Published in Dawn, March 22nd, 2017

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DR ankit Mar 22, 2017 07:47am

Nawaz shareef has a letter from Qatar to support the offering of this deal.

Mohammad Ali Mar 22, 2017 08:08am

What is the point of this revelation which may just be fabrication anyway. Mr. Sharif you have lost the credibility and you are done

Mr. PRESIDENT Mar 22, 2017 08:07am

He just announced that so people will think he is honest and has morals. Unfortunately, people of Pakistan are too naive to realize that.

M Mirza Mar 22, 2017 08:17am

He is revealing this now. Why?. there must be a reason behind this.

imtiaz syed Mar 22, 2017 08:18am

O so honest

Kashif Mar 22, 2017 08:22am

This is to counter the decision on Panama case and beginning of Elections preparations.

ZAIDI / IQBAL HADI Mar 22, 2017 08:23am

News and startling news! I dare not dispute the claim put forwarded by PM Nawaz that my bhaijan Musharraf offered him to form government except that what deterred Nawaz not to say it when it happened or even for that matter when Musharraf had come back after exile? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

Sajjad kamran Mar 22, 2017 08:25am

Lo ! Yet another revelation. If true, this must be investigated. May be another Commission !

Some fresh dramatic stuff for the media.

Nothing would come out.

Life would go on as usual.

R S Chakravarti Mar 22, 2017 08:22am

You could have given an assessment of the probability of this claim being true.

Tasnim ahmeD Mar 22, 2017 08:33am

One should take what NS says with a pinch of salt about th 'secret' deal Gen( r) Musharraf had offered him in 2007; NS doesn't exactly tell lies but he often stretches the truth!

Abdullah khuhro Mar 22, 2017 08:34am

A too late truth for self consumption.

Anti-corruption Mar 22, 2017 08:38am

I'm not a fan of NS. But knowing what goes on in Pakistan..muk muka and underhand deals, I tend to believe him on that..Mush isn't an angel either.

saif Mar 22, 2017 08:51am

Don't be surprised if due course one of his ministers, or lawyers or even he himself may say that what he said today was only a political statement!

Having said that what's so unique about Pervez Musharaf offering a deal to Nawaz Sharif. Didn't Musharaf offer a deal in 1999 also which Nawaz Sharif availed without any hesitation to get himself released from prison and run away to Saudi Arabia instead of facing Pervez Musharaf gallantly.

Shuja Mar 22, 2017 08:47am

Of course, you have to refuse it. because with President General Musharaff in government, you could not be able to loot the country wealth.

Sampath Mar 22, 2017 09:02am

It looks that statements of all politicians are suspect. Can never be verified. Best to ignore.

JKhan Mar 22, 2017 09:15am

So this is the fresh line of defence! This meeting was primarily to present this. It has nothing to do with people. Pathetic.

Fahim Khan Mar 22, 2017 09:25am

Why recalled now?

bkt Mar 22, 2017 09:42am

NRO from Musharraf enabled Nawaz Sharif to return. Without that deal, all former exiled politicians would have ended up in jail on returning. So a secret deal was not needed when such a broad deal was given to everyone.

JUSTICE Mar 22, 2017 09:43am

Great all of sudden PM's memory start working, he was not able to provide any proof of money trail in court in Panama Leak corruption case.

Amin Mar 22, 2017 09:48am

Nawaz Sharif should we take it as s political statement ?

Alexey Mar 22, 2017 09:59am

Politicians and their exiles. I wish me and my family have one like they do.

umair Mar 22, 2017 10:16am

NS family lost billions of rupees in the past according to him. yet his tax returns show next to nothing. Only two conclusions possible (1) he had no money in the past, or (2) he had money but did not pay his taxes. In either case, he has been caught lying and cheating from the Pakistani public. And both cases would result in disqualification. It is now for the Pakistani public to decide whether they want such a PM to rule them and this decision of the public will determine their own destiny and that of their children to come.

Ali_khan Mar 22, 2017 10:21am

No one can trust on such political revelations. Becuz its has been too late to disclose about this deal. Timing is very important and time has gone over for this episode.

Zaq Mar 22, 2017 10:20am

He once famously said that he didn't go out after a Saudi brokered deal with Musharraf and there isn't any agreement exist and it proved blatant lie

Javed Arshad Mar 22, 2017 10:26am

Irrelevant talk, let alone its veracity.

Make Pakistan great Mar 22, 2017 10:29am

I would not be surprised if Musharraf says something quite similar.

N K Ali Mar 22, 2017 10:40am

NS talks of success...Haaah! Success through massive vote rigging. No one is willing to believe what he or Musharraf says. No credibility in both of them. Salams

Pakistani1 Mar 22, 2017 10:48am

PM NS has lost his credibility by constantly misstating past events whenever it has suited him. With the billions he now has, I wish he would focus on doing some honest work to help Pakistan rather than constantly thinking of enriching him self and making overseas trips.

Make Pakistan great Mar 22, 2017 10:50am

@saif

Well, didn't Musharraf offer deals to all corrupt politicians through the infamous NRO and didn't all of them jumped eagerly to grab them? The deal was Musharraf Mania.

Make Pakistan great Mar 22, 2017 10:53am

@Ali_khan

NS can attribute anything to Musharraf and likewise Musharraf can attribute anything to NS. Who cares? Both have harmed the country in their particular ways.

Make Pakistan great Mar 22, 2017 10:54am

The deal of the deals - the NRO - was also by Musharraf.

Ch. K. A. Nye Mar 22, 2017 10:58am

@ansari91 ... unfortunately 'common senses' isn't so common amongst the AWAM who keep on voting him in...

Ch. K. A. Nye Mar 22, 2017 11:05am

@Fahim Khan ... array Fahim sb., remember the old PTV dramas? "Das saal baad" flashing on the screen! Here is a prime example of a drama and that too 10 years later......

Abdulla Hussain Mar 22, 2017 11:08am

Difficult to believe him anymore, specially after the letter. Moreover why is he saying this now. Looks this has become a habit to add new tailor made revelations as and when required.

Sab se pehle pakistan Mar 22, 2017 11:15am

I understand that honourable PM is in a lot of stress. Hence making such statements. Packing and moving is not an easy task. Panama Leaks verdict expected any time.

Shah Nawaz Khan Mar 22, 2017 11:31am

What Musharraf has to say about Condoleezza Rice US Secretary of State who convinced Musharraf to make a deal with Benazir Bhutto and that paved the way for NRO and Nawaz Sharif's return.

The end is near Mar 22, 2017 11:49am

He just wants to divert nation's attention from Panama leaks. He selects a group of tactics to avoid responsibility and manipulate others And tries to convince others that he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to feel guilty about or ashamed of.

Saqib J. Siddiqui Mar 22, 2017 11:55am

So why you revealed this truth after a decade just to score a political goal.

Gaf Mar 22, 2017 12:17pm

Is this the truth or just a political statement, in another words a lie.

M.Saeed Mar 22, 2017 12:50pm

Genuine politicians have no permanent friend. They have no permanent enemies. They only have gigantic permanent interests.

Osayed Rehman Mar 22, 2017 12:53pm

...And he forgot to mention this earlier, Just remembered it after 10 years!

Umair Mar 22, 2017 01:08pm

Yeah ..Nice try. A bit too late though.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 22, 2017 01:09pm

Why as usual, it has taken him a decade to break this important but sensational news?

desilionking Mar 22, 2017 01:54pm

it took him 10 years to reveal this "secret"?? he is very slow and as such should not be allowed to run the country where the PM needs to be quick, reactive, fast and above all a true patriot. May God save the country from the hands of these self-centered and self-declared politicians

ABE Mar 22, 2017 01:55pm

Very easy to make such bold claims, when we have not heard from the other side.

jalil yousaf Mar 22, 2017 01:55pm

First of all, its too late to disclose the facts of 2007 at this stage. Secondly, you have not done anything big by rejecting the offer made by Musharraf. You did the right thing and it was your job to do the right thing, what is the fuss about.

Taimoor khan Mar 22, 2017 02:04pm

Pointless and useless revelation, got zero relevance to this day and age. Only thing masses are interested in is Panama gate.

ABE Mar 22, 2017 02:10pm

I bet he forgot to mention this little factoid in his much touted (not seen in many bookstores) biography which was launched with much fanfare a few months ago.

Memory lapse, or writer's block!? I tend to think it is just too convenient for this revelation now - just before Panama gate verdict??

Parvez Mar 22, 2017 02:09pm

What does Musharraf have to say about this ?......the problem is that both can't be trusted.

immortal_soloist Mar 22, 2017 02:12pm

Utter rubbish. As always this man and his lies never get old.

People who believe this nonsense are the definition of delusional

ASIF Mar 22, 2017 02:18pm

These statements shows how desperate these rulers are to rule the innocent and deserted people. They can plus, minus or divide anything for their sake.

Uza Syed Mar 22, 2017 02:20pm

President Musharraf might be lot of things but no one ever blamed him for laundering dirty linen and he never made any secret of what he considered this man Nawaz Sharif.

m Riaz Khan Advocate Mar 22, 2017 02:29pm

The great lay statement of Pakistan, spoken by Mr. Nawaz Sharif

Nasir, London Mar 22, 2017 02:45pm

Our Prime Minister has been quiet for 10 years to reveal the secret forming the joint venture Musharaf/Nawaz to loot the country together. Military-Civilian secrets coming to surface the people knew nothing about. What next Mr Sharif, going back to Saudi Arabia? Shame the way democracy works in Pakistan.

abbas Mar 22, 2017 02:49pm

useless at this time

narad Muni Mar 22, 2017 02:50pm

Nation not interested in such stories.

Mahmood Mar 22, 2017 02:59pm

Yeah, we believe you, like we believe different versions of your stories related to London flats and Panama offshore companies.

Mirza Mar 22, 2017 03:16pm

NS remembers this very well but is short of memory when it comes for his deal in 1999 and Panama. So innocent of you!

Sympathiser Mar 22, 2017 03:15pm

Incompetent leaders of Pakistan prepared to stoop to any level just to cling to power at any cost..

Khwarizmi Mar 22, 2017 03:27pm

Two wrong does not make one right. Musharraf deposed an elected government while Nawaz Sharif's name is for always tainted in corruption and Panama papers. They are not fit to lead our nation.

narad Muni Mar 22, 2017 03:53pm

It is totally irrelevant today.

Desi Dimag Mar 22, 2017 03:59pm

@Khwarizmi Two wrong does not make one right. Musharraf deposed an elected government while Nawaz Sharif's name is for always tainted in corruption and Panama papers. They are not fit to lead our nation.

Then why you guys choose a wrong always.

Muslim Medina Mar 22, 2017 04:02pm

The Pakistani P.M. is learning fast from his U.S. counterpart in making false statements.

Ali Mar 22, 2017 04:03pm

His life is OPEN book

Iftikhar Husain Mar 22, 2017 04:20pm

Sharif brothers can not be trusted.

lotec Mar 22, 2017 04:31pm

@Ali Yes you are right Nawas life is an open book. To which what do you do when most people do not know how to read this book. Most people would believe it blindly. How do you know the book contains the truth. ???????

NZ Mar 22, 2017 04:45pm

Wont believe PM Sharif on any under the table deals assertions; he was caught lying when he said no deal was brokered between him Gen Mush and the Saudis that he will remain in exile for 10 years. He kept denying it for years. and then the truth came out and he was proven wrong.

IAB Mar 22, 2017 05:02pm

You accepted the deal. Why?

AQ Mar 22, 2017 05:15pm

@Anti-corruption There was no deal, Even if we assume there was then it would have been. 1. Nawaz sharif and his ministers can't think about deal for good for Pakistan. 2. It would have been for his personal gain, letting him loot more, drop valid cases from him. Yes, just to save him and his business nothing else.

N_Saq Mar 22, 2017 05:51pm

Deal or no deal, who cares. Do your job. Stop living in the past and stop beating around the bush. People have given you another chance, so serve them otherwise shut up and move over and let someone else do the job.

So far nothing has been done/achieved. Pak is still lacking basic facilities such as drinking water, electricity, sanitation, transportation, housing, minimum wage, housing etc and I am not going to go into crime i.e. corruption, looting, murders, kidnappings, militancy etc etc because that's another topic. Just because PM, CMs, cabinet, parliamentarians, senators and the rich has it does not mean all is well in the country. The buck should and will always stop at your desk. What do you have to say about it?

Alba Mar 22, 2017 06:00pm

That is probably true. That would have given Musharraf the legitimacy he hoped for and Punjab in his pocket.

Alba Mar 22, 2017 05:57pm

@Mohammad Ali ..... Why didn't he tell people then? Was he considering the offer?

Alba Mar 22, 2017 06:07pm

@Kashif .... Most Pakistanis don't ask themselves enough questions about what's going on because they don't believe it will do any good, and women don't ask any questions about government because they are not supposed to ask questions.

Jameel wani(occupied kashmir) Mar 22, 2017 06:14pm

May for vote bank

ALI Mar 22, 2017 06:17pm

As always Musharraf a deal maker.

Jameel wani(occupied kashmir) Mar 22, 2017 06:22pm

May be for vote bank

narad Muni Mar 22, 2017 06:32pm

If it was a "secret", why are you telling the whole world about it now?

Dr. Gholam Mujtaba Mar 22, 2017 06:35pm

I fully endorse the views of the Prime Minister. It was me who had negotiated a deal. There are newspaper records substanting the deal that includes, the Daily Jang and the Regional Times. Mr. Ahmed Raza Qasuri was nowhere in the process.

Not your supporter Mar 22, 2017 07:00pm

Well I would love to hear the Mussharaf's response to this.

F Mar 22, 2017 07:25pm

But u left for Saudi in 1999 also as a underhand deal which u kept denying even till date even once shown to media by Saudi prince

Farah (New York) Mar 22, 2017 07:52pm

just for your seat now your are blaming Musharraf.

Farah (New York) Mar 22, 2017 07:53pm

@JKhan

For me it's a Publicity Stunt...

Farah (New York) Mar 22, 2017 07:55pm

@Osayed Rehman

Yes...because he wants to save his seat by blaming others.

AMIR Mar 22, 2017 08:40pm

Mr Sharif remembered AFTER 10 years !!!

ARMAN Mar 23, 2017 11:54pm

We are living in a country that been running by thugs and looters, secret deals are done to loot the country coffer together consensually and share it among by these crooks, its very common in this country