US, Britain in covert deal allowing 'safe exit' to Musharraf: PML-N

      The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has accused the United States and Britain of playing a part in the secret negotiations for allowing a 'safe exit' to former President General Pervez Musharraf in 2008. PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, while moving a privilege motion against President Asif Ali Zardari in the National Assembly, asked Zardari to disclose the full terms and the role played by Britain, the US and other countries in the covert deal which allowed Musharraf allay high treason charges against him. "The British and the Americans have no right to dictate terms on our internal affairs. When you involve elements from Britain to interfere, it compromises Pakistan 's sovereignty," Khan said. Sources privy to Musharraf alleged that Foreign Secretary David Miliband and former High Commissioner to Pakistan , Sir Mark Lyle Grant were the two persons who played a major role in the deal. "Two people played a crucial role in this: Mark Lyle Grant and David Miliband. They consulted and gave advice. It has been hush-hush, but Zadari's comment was the first time he admitted there was a deal and others were party to it," The Telegraph quoted sources, as saying. "They came to this understanding that he would resign but could not be prosecuted and he would be free from any such fears. Musharraf feels there was an understanding and the understanding has to be adhered to," they added. It has also been revealed that Saudi Arabia too played a key role in the agreement and is still trying to broker a truce between Musharraf and former Pakistan Prime Minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.

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