Zardari says he 'saved Nawaz from being hanged by Musharraf' after 1999 coup

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 07:25 hrs

Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that he had saved Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif from being hanged by former president Pervez Musharraf.

Zardari maintained that he became 'friends' with Nawaz after the latter was imprisoned by Musharraf following the 1999 coup.

He claimed that at the time, Musharraf had been pressuring Justice Rehmat Hussain Jafri to severely punish Nawaz, the Express Tribune reports.

Zardari said that he 'had some acquaintance with Justice Jafri, and when he heard Musharraf was pressuring him into punishing Nawaz, he advised him to settle the case only on merit,' the report said.

He added that he was successful in convincing Justice Jafri against announcing capital punishment for the PML-N chief, it added.

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