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U.S. lawmakers urge Musharraf to make 'graceful exit' from power

U.S. lawmakers urge Musharraf to make 'graceful exit' from power

Three U.S. senators who met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after opposition parties won a governing majority last week have urged a "graceful exit" from power for the close U.S. terror-fighting ally.
"Were I their political adviser, that's what I would advise," Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday. He did not favor an attempt by that new coalition to impeach Musharraf.
"I firmly believe if they do not focus on old grudges - and there's plenty in Pakistan - and give him a graceful way to move," then it could happen, said Biden, a Democrat.
Also endorsing a negotiated exit was Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican.
She advised the incoming government not to be "heavy-handed or ham-handed. I think that Musharraf knows what the election results were. I think that he and they agree that a secular vote was won, that the extremists were repudiated everywhere, even in their so-called strongholds. So there is a way that they could come together," Hutchison said.


Updated : 2021-05-07 18:53 GMT+08:00