Tuesday, April 8, 2008

INTERVIEW: Nawaz Sharif/Aajtak-Seedhi Baat, April 06, 2008

"Pakistan all for 'free borders' with India"

Pakistan's new democratic government is all for abolishing visas and creation of "free borders" with India, the country's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said. Sharif told when he spoke to me for Aajtak on Seedhi Baat that he has made this suggestion to Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari, and he too "favours" the move.Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP are running a coalition government following the February elections.Sharif said India and Pakistan need to work closely to resolve the Kashmir dispute. "We want a solution that is acceptable to the Indians, Pakistanis as well as the Kashmiris," he said.Sharif ruled out any patch-up with President Pervez Musharraf. "Pakistan is now a democracy and we are not going to accept Musharraf under any circumstances because he was not elected (to the post). He went to the extent of making changes in the constitution and changing judges, he said. "We will amend the constitution soon to give more rights to parliament". Watch Seedhi Baat