Nawaz Sharif Also Blames Musharraf for Bhutto Killing

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It’s not just Bhutto adviser Husain Haqqani. Nawaz Sharif, now Pervez Musharraf’s chief political enemy in the wake of Bhutto’s assassination, also blamed the dictator for his onetime rival’s death. The Hindustan Times:

“Pervez Musharraf is responsible and accountable for what happened today,” Sharif told a private news channel in an interview.

“I hold his policies responsible for landing this country into the terrible mess,” a shaken Sharif said.

“Nobody has confidence in Musharraf. Everybody wants him to step down and hold the inquiry (into Benazir’s death),” he said.

Sharif appears to have wasted little time taking up Bhutto’s mantle and consolidating the non-Islamist opposition to Musharraf:

Sharif told Bhutto’s supporters that he would fight “your war from now on”, and that he shared the grief of “the entire nation”.

Sharif was speaking outside the hospital where Bhutto died. “I assure you that I will fight your war from now,” Sharif said.

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