Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has reiterated his opposition to the return of two exiled former prime ministers before parliamentary elections due later this year, a government minister said.
Musharraf, facing his worst political crisis since seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, has said that his government would hold parliamentary elections later this year, but that he wants exiled former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto to stay away from Pakistan in the run-up to the polls.
Meanwhile, in remarks broadcast Sunday, Bhutto highlighted her party's opposition to Pakistan having military leadership.
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