Former Pakistan PMs sign democracy deal

May 15, 2006 at 12:45 PM
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LONDON, May 15 (UPI) -- Two former prime ministers of Pakistan, now in exile, pledged in London to work together to restore democracy in their country.

Signing what they called a "charter of democracy," Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif agreed to work together in the general elections in Pakistan that are due next year to end the rule of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani newspapers reported Monday.

The charter promised among others to restore the 1973 constitution, allocate seats for women in parliament and special seats for minorities. It also said the next prime minister would appoint the three services chiefs and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, and that the intelligence agencies would not interfere in politics.

Bhutto is chairperson of Pakistan People's Party and Sharif heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party. The two were quoted as saying the Musharraf government should see the charter in context of Pakistan's betterment and not in light of its own vested interests.

Bhutto and Sharif promised to return to Pakistan for the elections even though they might get arrested by the Musharraf government.

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