Saudi authorities trying to arrange meeting between Musharraf and former prime minister

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has left for a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Officials there tell The Associated Press that authorities are trying to arrange a visit between Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif -- the prime minister he toppled in 1999.

Sharif was sent back to Saudi Arabia last month when he tried to return home from exile, even though the Supreme Court ruled he could not be kept out.

There is no immediate indication Musharraf intends to visit Sharif, who told a Pakistani newspaper that no meeting was planned. Musharraf frequently visits Saudi Arabia, which is a close ally.

Musharraf has been under immense pressure from the U.S. to free opposition leaders, end media restrictions and step down as head of the armed forces.

More than 3,000 people jailed under emergency rule have been released but more than 2,000 remain jailed.


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