Musharraf urged to go as rivals win Pakistan poll


ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister Musharraf overthrew in a coup and only allowed back from exile three months ago, urged Musharraf to accept he was no longer wanted.

"He would say when people would want, I will go. Today the people have said what they want," Sharif said after his party ran a close second in Monday`s polls. A wave of sympathy helped the Pakistan People Party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto emerge as the largest party in the 342 seat National Assembly. But it does not have a majority and will need to seek coalition partners. Groups of happy opposition supporters celebrated in the streets in cities across the country as results rolled out showing pro-Musharraf politicians losing. While Pakistanis hoped for a new era, many remained unconvinced by the reappearance of politicians associated with corrupt, inefficient governments from the 1990s. "The promises that have been made by Nawaz Sharif and People`s Party should now be fulfilled and they should do something for the country and not for themselves," said Mohammed Arif, sitting in his pharmacy in Karachi.

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