Sharif tells US envoys Pakistan will scrutinize tactics against Islamic militants
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A key figure in Pakistan’s new government told two top U.S. envoys today that his country is "no longer a one-man show" and that President Pervez Musharraf’s strong-arm tactics against Islamic militants will be scrutinized.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s comments came as Musharraf swore in a loyalist of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto as the head of a new civilian government.
Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher arrived in Islamabad early Tuesday, held talks with Sharif, then visited Musharraf at the presidential palace. They made no public comment on the talks. The envoys also met with army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the chief of the military’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said.