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Pakistan deports ex-PM on return

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been arrested and deported within hours of returning from exile.

After landing in Islamabad he was charged and put on board a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, Religious Affairs Minister Ejaz ul-Haq told BBC News.

Mr Sharif says he wants to challenge President Pervez Musharraf, who ousted him in a 1999 coup, ahead of elections.

Mr Sharif arrived in Pakistan weeks after the country's Supreme Court affirmed his right to return.

On board the plane which flew him to Pakistan from London, Mr Sharif told the BBC he wanted to help restore the rule of law.

"It's democracy versus dictatorship," he said.

Once the plane arrived in Islamabad, paramilitary troops surrounded it and there was a stand-off on board as Mr Sharif refused to hand over his passport to immigration officials for nearly two hours.

Eventually he agreed to leave the plane and was escorted to the airport's VIP lounge.

But shortly afterwards, he was separated from his entourage, returned to the tarmac and put on board a helicopter. Later, he was transferred to a plane bound for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Officials said he had been charged with money-laundering and corruption.

Large numbers of police had set up barricades on roads to prevent Mr Sharif's supporters from reaching the airport, while all domestic flights from Islamabad on Monday were listed as cancelled.

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There were reports of clashes between police and crowds of Mr Sharif's supporters in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Attok, where shots were fired and several people were said to have been injured.

One worker from Mr Sharif's Muslim League party (PML-N) told the BBC he and about 20 others had been badly beaten by police outside the airport.

On Sunday, the party said more than 2,000 supporters had been arrested by the Pakistan authorities, while almost its entire leadership had been detained.

Supporters planned to launch a legal challenge to the deportation, which was "a violation of the court order under which Nawaz Sharif was allowed to arrive and stay in Pakistan," his aide, Sadique ul-Farooq, told the Associated Press.

The religious affairs minister said the government believed it was acting in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling.

Mr Sharif was exiled to Saudi Arabia in 2000 after being deposed, under what the government says was an agreement that he stay in exile for 10 years.

The former prime minister has denied there was ever such a deal.

The European Union Commission issued a statement saying Mr Sharif should be allowed to defend himself against court charges in Pakistan.

"In our view the Supreme Court's ruling is very clear and should be respected," said a spokeswoman.

Political crisis

Mr Sharif had planned to lead a triumphal motorcade from Islamabad to Lahore, his political power base, but he was aware he might not be allowed the opportunity.

He decided at the last moment to leave his brother Shahbaz, also a politician, behind in the UK "to hold the fort" in case he were jailed or deported.

Mr Musharraf has made no secret of his contempt for Mr Sharif, describing him as corrupt and incompetent.

But for the army, a decision to arrest him is as much a political as a legal decision, says the BBC's M Ilyas Khan.

The military does not want to make Mr Sharif into a political martyr but it also does not want to see him campaigning for power, he says.

Gen Musharraf has been struggling to contain protests that have grown in strength since he tried to remove the head of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The president plans to seek a new five-year term in office in an election due in the next month.

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What the military junta achieved today escapes a lot of people.

In one stroke, they neutralized both the APDM and the PPP.

Most of the APDM cadre has been picked up in a countrywide swoop.

AS for the PPP, the prolonged official propaganda about the negotiations has served to drag whatever respectability it had into the mud.

Once again, it seems the scene is set for a head-on collision between the superior judiciary and the military junta.

According to Eitezaaz Ahsan, the government can be prosecuted on at least four different criminal counts, and ut is certain that it will be.

Stay tuned to ARY ONE WORLD. For the unfolding farce in Pakistan, they have the best frames and angles.

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What struck me was the sight of seeing Lebanese MP, Saad Hariri, in Islamabad saying that Sharif would be returning to Pakistan in violation of the agreement (and strongly backing Musharaf's agenda) - and later on the sight of Sharif in Saudi Arabia accusing Hariri of lying and relating how Hariri had apologized to him for not securing Sharif's return to Pakistan in 2005.

According to Sharif, Hariri had visited his jail cell in Saudi Arabia no less than 3 times, first asking him to agree to a 10 year exile so he could be released from jail, where Sharif protested that 10 years was too long and said that he would agree to a 5 year exile. Hariri then allegedly related to him that the crown prince was in full agreement that 5 years is sufficient, and Hariri promised Sharif that the most important thing was to get him out of jail, and later on a document could be drafted which included the 5 year agreement.

Its quite telling the lengths Hariri (of all people) and the Saudis are willing to go to, to ensure Musharaff's interests ... at America's behest ofcourse...

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Stay tuned to ARY ONE WORLD. For the unfolding farce in Pakistan, they have the best frames and angles.

Sorry, Mam, GEO News is the best, they were the first to Air flight landing and take off... and most of International News Channel depends on GEO for their converage on such events.

Anyway, Nawaz is a bit stupid person and he really lacks political skills to handle turmoil...

By the way Did anyone Watch converstaion between Anchor/Journlist Kamran Khan and Shahbaz Sharif in Program, where Anchor asked him several questions about their illegitmate actions during their Government,, esp., attack on Media and He told that Jang Newspaper was limited to only 2 Pages and Jang Group was almost shut down., And the Media liberty they have today, they never had in any past regime!!

Well, even though, Government still violates Media Liberty, But i have to give Credit to this Government esp., Musharah for liberating Media and letting everyone say what they want..... and Also his approach on radical Wahabizm... though dont' like his enlighten-moderation ideology...

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^what's the point of media freedom when the government can throw sand in everybody's eyes with the help of its foreign friends. Did the media find out what was the real reason behind the Saudi effort to help Mushy out? Do you know what Mushy offered in return? Do you know if the US was involved at all? Would you ever find out?

Pakistan's media freedom is at best limited to domestic issues. 'National security' interests are another story..

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It is truly pathetic to see the three American puppets (who are also anti-Islam, one of them anti-Shi'a) work together - The idiotic Harreri from Lebanon that has funded pro-Wahabbi fanatics in Lebanon (against Hezbullah, and south Lebanon's Shi'as) the "Saudis" - and Busharraf.

If Busharraf is so great in fighting Wahabbism, why is he such a wonderful friend of the Saudis and inviting them to rescue him, along with the pro-Wahabbi Harreri?

Those of you who support Busharraf should understand that he is worse than Wahabbis, he is whealing and dealing with two major supporters of terror - the Saudis, and the US. Both of them (that are in reality the same) will end up destroying Pakistan, and especially the Shi'as. Sure, for now Busharraf is using Shi'as --- tomorrow when the Saudi and Harreris and the US demand that Bushy control the Shi'as --- you can be assured he will slaughter Shi'as in Pakistan.

Don't forget who occupies the land that has the most oil: Shi'as --- and I have no doubt in a few years, if Shi'as don't get their act together, we are going to be a major target by the US and their Saudi/Wahabbi slaves.

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What the military junta achieved today escapes a lot of people.

In one stroke, they neutralized both the APDM and the PPP.

Most of the APDM cadre has been picked up in a countrywide swoop.

AS for the PPP, the prolonged official propaganda about the negotiations has served to drag whatever respectability it had into the mud.

Once again, it seems the scene is set for a head-on collision between the superior judiciary and the military junta.

According to Eitezaaz Ahsan, the government can be prosecuted on at least four different criminal counts, and ut is certain that it will be.

Stay tuned to ARY ONE WORLD. For the unfolding farce in Pakistan, they have the best frames and angles.

this is the best analysis so far. Ever since ARD was formed, mushy's minions, esp Sh Rashid have been crooning about a deal to sow discord in the opposition, and trying to co-opt various opposition parties overtly and covertly. Nawaz got duped big time, BB got discredited big time. Brace yourself for another 5 years of mushy and his Q buddies.

You are right that the judiciary seems next. We saw the preview of that in Karachi the other day..

And for Mushy worshipers: PEMRA has warned to come down hard on those criticizing Saudi Arabia. Media freedom my ____..

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^^ Who is the better Choice than Mushy to rule over Pakistan under these circumstances ? I am not a big fan of him, But in my opinion he is worse among worst persons we have to rule over us.

Who's the better choice? I'll leave that decision to Pakistani people. If I was in pakistan, I would vote for Imran khan. Some of my family members might vote MQM. That's the way democracy works, where you present people with choices.

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Who's the better choice? I'll leave that decision to Pakistani people. If I was in pakistan, I would vote for Imran khan. Some of my family members might vote MQM. That's the way democracy works, where you present people with choices.

Imran Khan is my all time Hero, but politics is not a game of cricket, he should have recognized this fact from the beginning of his political career, anyhow, he is not politically strong enough to form Govt, even with the help of MMA, I wish him to be Prime Minister, but the reality on ground hardly approves of that, MQM is already in Government...isnt'? Mushy is pro-MQM isnt? He is Mahajir isnt?

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Its almost a cliche now "Politics is not a game of cricket" when it comes to Imran and politics. I don't get how you can judge him like that when he hasn't even got the chance to prove himself yet. When the last proper elections were conducted in 1997, his party was only 5 months old! Under Mushy's dictatorship he was offered the Prime minister's seat, which he rejected wisely.

Even though deporting Nawaz is an absolute abuse of power, I am glad Nawaz was treated like that. I hope he and Bibi never get to be PMs again inshallah.

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^^ Who is the better Choice than Mushy to rule over Pakistan under these circumstances ? I am not a big fan of him, But in my opinion he is worse among the worst persons we have to rule over us.

Imran Khan.

There's more to a democracy than just bhutto or sharif, its people's rights.

If ur going to try building a democracy through a dictatorship that treats people like dogs, well, then i wonder what the ethics of this whole thing is like.

Obviously, the way he tried sacking the CJ and his continuous efforts to make secret deals to earn another 5 yr term by circumventing the election process doesn't show him in a very positive light.

We never gave democracy a chance. People in pakistan are on the wrong impression that in a democracy, things can change w/in a year. It takes more than that and things won't instantly get better w/ a dictatorship either. America took 300 years to perfect itself, pakistan may need many more. Bottom line is we gotta commit to democracy and stick with it.

When you try growing your flowers, you don't get frustrated within the first month, yank 'em out, and then keep switching them in different flowering pots.You keep them in the same spot in ur garden and just let them grow out and after time, they'll grow beautiful as always.

Democracy is the same way.The fact that nobody finished a full term in pakistan's democracy is obvious that we haven't given our democracy time. Let's be more patient with it.

Seriously, has the military never done anything wrong? I don't necessarily support Imran Khan but I'm not going to argue that Musharraf has done much good. The military has been the single most destructive force in Pakistani politics since 1947. They haven't done anyone any favours by taking power and we can, again, discuss this at greater length if you want to.

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Imran Khan is my all time Hero, but politics is not a game of cricket, he should have recognized this fact from the beginning of his political career, anyhow, he is not politically strong enough to form Govt, even with the help of MMA, I wish him to be Prime Minister, but the reality on ground hardly approves of that, MQM is already in Government...isnt'? Mushy is pro-MQM isnt? He is Mahajir isnt?

What does any of this has to do? If mushy is mohajir so what and if he is so what? Like who cares about any of this. What matters is that we have the right people in the right places.

As to why Imran Khan is a better choice than Musharraf, well I for one will give you a single reason.

1. He's in favor of a free judiciary - something without which it's entirely impossible for Pakistan to become a sovereign state. And it's something that our current President General is completely against.

His current onslaught on the superior judiciary of Pakistan is not his first. He has in the past removed 8 judges and a sitting Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan because they refused to take oath under PCO.

A person whose party's constitution's very first point says that and I quote

'To make Pakistan an egalitarian modern Islamic welfare state which upholds the fundamental rights of the people in which all citizen s regardless of caste, creed and religion, can live in peace, harmony and happiness. '

hardly seems like a follower of MMA to me.

Did you bother reading his party's manifesto? Or were you expecting him to come here and answer your queries?

http://www.insaf.org.pk/constitution.aspx

Take a look here, and see if his answers can satisfy a Musharraf fan.

And it's bloody rich for someone sitting in an entirely democratic country to suggest that Pakistan should go through years of tyrannical rule of military dictators in order to attain 'true' democracy. People made such excuses for Ayub, for Zia and now they're doing it for the latest re-incarnation of the sole savior of this nation. I for one have had enough of it.

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I'm surprised by the broad spectrum of people that support Imran Khan. He's obviously inexperienced but I'm sure he will find plenty of experienced advisers. I hope he wins at-least as much seats as mqm, if not more, to be able to stand up to them with even bigger mandate under his belt. I am beginning to doubt though if there will be elections at all..

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Did you bother reading his party's manifesto? Or were you expecting him to come here and answer your queries?

http://www.insaf.org.pk/constitution.aspx

Take a look here, and see if his answers can satisfy a Musharraf fan.

You got me wrong brother, actually my house has plenty of Tahreek-e-Insaf posters, manifesto, flags etc as my younger brother is quite active member of his organization, may be the youngest team member of his party at Lahore.!!!

I would vote for him as he is my ultimate choice! But as a matter of fact, he can not form a Govt at least in next 10 years, even provincial Govt let alone Federal Govt., !!!

So my point was, under these circumstances who is "Capable" and " Able " to form Govt....!!!

So taking into account this situtation, i think, Mushy is still better than all others who 're actually in position to Form Govt, like MMA, N, Q , PPP, etc. I just prefer Mushy to all of them!!!

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nawaz should have been booted out, given a literal right royal boot.

the power shift to the judiciary is good and now even 'karaen' has managed some good(share of power) and supremacy of judiciary as a law interpreter and enforcer but not as a law administrator.

i personally could settle with the present judiciary, the president and would like to see imran come in as PM.

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Its almost a cliche now "Politics is not a game of cricket" when it comes to Imran and politics. I don't get how you can judge him like that when he hasn't even got the chance to prove himself yet. When the last proper elections were conducted in 1997, his party was only 5 months old! Under Mushy's dictatorship he was offered the Prime minister's seat, which he rejected wisely.

Faltu ki rumours na urao. Market me zaida sense make karnay wali rumour yeh hay ke Musharraf promised to make him a Prime Minister (just like he did to Tahir ul-Qadri) once he's elected as a President. Isi laluch me akar Imran Khan VOTED FOR MUSHARRAF TO BE A PRESIDENT IN UNIFORM.

But as we all know, when Mush became the President with the support of all these political parties that so oppose his uniform now, he graced himself with an honour of swearing in the first Baloch PM of Pakistan.

Is baat say dilbardashta ho kar Tahir ul-Qadri sahab MNA ki seat choor kar Amreeka tashreef ley gaye.

Imran Khan (whose entire party secured ONE, SINGLE seat in the National Assembly) was offered the ministry of sports (against the Pm-ship as he was promised) which he "rejected wisely" (to borrow your words) and started his anti-Musharraf rhetorics, shook hands with the mullahs, etc.

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this is the best analysis so far. Ever since ARD was formed, mushy's minions, esp Sh Rashid have been crooning about a deal to sow discord in the opposition, and trying to co-opt various opposition parties overtly and covertly. Nawaz got duped big time, BB got discredited big time. Brace yourself for another 5 years of mushy and his Q buddies.

You are right that the judiciary seems next. We saw the preview of that in Karachi the other day..

And for Mushy worshipers: PEMRA has warned to come down hard on those criticizing Saudi Arabia. Media freedom my ____..

Sarkar ko kiun badnam kartay hain. BB had always been interested in seeking dialogue with Musharraf. She's been very open about it. She said it on international media while Musharraf was busy having dialogues with MMA.

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I'm surprised by the broad spectrum of people that support Imran Khan. He's obviously inexperienced but I'm sure he will find plenty of experienced advisers. I hope he wins at-least as much seats as mqm, if not more, to be able to stand up to them with even bigger mandate under his belt. I am beginning to doubt though if there will be elections at all..

Well Musharaff will have to make sure elections happen or SC is going to be on his case once again.

Well, his party was new so do remember, u gotta crawl before you can walk. Right now, his party is crawling and they're growing. And on a second note, the MQM are a bunch of no good, dirty scumbags who should all be arrested for terrorism. That little stunt they pulled in Karachi where they killed so many unarmed protestors was totally lame and unjustified. Altaf Hussain should be brought back to pakistan and should stand trial for ordering that hit. They run pakistan under musharraf like its some mafia. If u disagree w/ the mob boss (musharraf), u and ur family could get wiped out the next day by masked gunmen in bright daylight which for some reason, none of the cops or military officers in uniform seem to notice...

You got me wrong brother, actually my house has plenty of Tahreek-e-Insaf posters, manifesto, flags etc as my younger brother is quite active member of his organization, may be the youngest team member of his party at Lahore.!!!

I would vote for him as he is my ultimate choice! But as a matter of fact, he can not form a Govt at least in next 10 years, even provincial Govt let alone Federal Govt., !!!

So my point was, under these circumstances who is "Capable" and " Able " to form Govt....!!!

So taking into account this situtation, i think, Mushy is still better than all others who 're actually in position to Form Govt, like MMA, N, Q , PPP, etc. I just prefer Mushy to all of them!!!

To attain democracy we need to get rid of Musharaf.Military and Mullahs are two sides of the same coin,they are always together in bed.MQM is a mafia party something or the other is wrong with all of these and you still want them?why settle for something less when you have the best in front of you. Instead i think all of us should helping Imran khan to achieve his goal.

Faltu ki rumours na urao. Market me zaida sense make karnay wali rumour yeh hay ke Musharraf promised to make him a Prime Minister (just like he did to Tahir ul-Qadri) once he's elected as a President. Isi laluch me akar Imran Khan VOTED FOR MUSHARRAF TO BE A PRESIDENT IN UNIFORM.

But as we all know, when Mush became the President with the support of all these political parties that so oppose his uniform now, he graced himself with an honour of swearing in the first Baloch PM of Pakistan.

Is baat say dilbardashta ho kar Tahir ul-Qadri sahab MNA ki seat choor kar Amreeka tashreef ley gaye.

Imran Khan (whose entire party secured ONE, SINGLE seat in the National Assembly) was offered the ministry of sports (against the Pm-ship as he was promised) which he "rejected wisely" (to borrow your words) and started his anti-Musharraf rhetorics, shook hands with the mullahs, etc.

He accepted all of that on Ajj and BBC's joint venture this year on 60th Independence day Program and he apologized with sincereity for whatever mistake he did.Plus actions speak louder than words he is working towards a better Pakistan unlike Musharraf who wants to take us down.

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^ohk. Good that he accepts putting an Army Chief in power. So what does he say now? I'm sorry...I put my own interests before the interest of Pakistan...now I'm a true democratic leader? Give me another chance, please? I will prove to be a goodboy?

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^ohk. Good that he accepts putting an Army Chief in power. So what does he say now? I'm sorry...I put my own interests before the interest of Pakistan...now I'm a true democratic leader? Give me another chance, please? I will prove to be a goodboy?

What other choices do you have? Nawaz,Benazir,PML(Q),MQM.I think it's better we move on and give Imran one more chance.

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Faltu ki rumours na urao. Market me zaida sense make karnay wali rumour yeh hay ke Musharraf promised to make him a Prime Minister (just like he did to Tahir ul-Qadri) once he's elected as a President. Isi laluch me akar Imran Khan VOTED FOR MUSHARRAF TO BE A PRESIDENT IN UNIFORM.

But as we all know, when Mush became the President with the support of all these political parties that so oppose his uniform now, he graced himself with an honour of swearing in the first Baloch PM of Pakistan.

Is baat say dilbardashta ho kar Tahir ul-Qadri sahab MNA ki seat choor kar Amreeka tashreef ley gaye.

Imran Khan (whose entire party secured ONE, SINGLE seat in the National Assembly) was offered the ministry of sports (against the Pm-ship as he was promised) which he "rejected wisely" (to borrow your words) and started his anti-Musharraf rhetorics, shook hands with the mullahs, etc.

Market mein kaunsi rumors sensible hain aur kaunsi nahi tumnay uska thaika utha rakha hai? Imran did give musharraf the benefit of doubt in 2002 and backed him as the lesser of the three evils (BB and Mian being the other two) but he pulled out at the last minute BEFORE the elections.

Ok lets say he is an idiot. What other choice do you have? BB? Nawaz? MMA? Musharraf?

An educated and refined person like him would obviously have a hard time in politics when more than half of the politicians are illiterates and play cheap games. I don't see any reason why he would jump into such a mess (paki politics) just cuz of his self interest. What is it that he does not have? Money? Fame? Influence?

It is disheartening to see people still supporting leaders like Bhutto and Nawaz after all they had done during their regime. But then again 56% of population is illiterate.

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Market mein kaunsi rumors sensible hain aur kaunsi nahi tumnay uska thaika utha rakha hai? Imran did give musharraf the benefit of doubt in 2002 and backed him as the lesser of the three evils (BB and Mian being the other two) but he pulled out at the last minute BEFORE the elections.

Bhaijaan benefit of doubt ki baat na karo. 1999 say 2002 tak, teen saal Musharraf-Only government thee. If Mush was so bad, how come Imran Khan never realised in three years?

Acha, I need to check on that, but he did support Mush in 2002 referendum.

Ok lets say he is an idiot. What other choice do you have? BB? Nawaz? MMA? Musharraf?

Well, if you go by that, then Imran Khan--with less than 1% public support--is certainly not up there. The choice we have (and, ofcourse, coming elections can bring about some changes) limited to:

1) Nawaz Sharif (probably with MMA)

2) Benazir (probably with ANP)

3) Musharraf (with MQM, and bits 'n pieces from PPP and PML)

An educated and refined person like him would obviously have a hard time in politics when more than half of the politicians are illiterates and play cheap games.

Mashallah say graduate Parliament hay hamari ^_^

Although, it may seem so (and they may act so, one may argue) but I think the majority of our politicians are very well educated. Just have a quick look, and you would come to the same conclusion, I think.

I don't see any reason why he would jump into such a mess (paki politics) just cuz of his self interest. What is it that he does not have? Money? Fame? Influence?

The same could be asked for BB, Nawaz?

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By the way, I am not really against Imran Khan, or for Musharraf... but I think Imran Khan isn't "the best," and he becomes less worthy to be seen as a PM, considering how much support his party has been able to muster in ten years.

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