Could Pakistan Soon Quit the War on Terror?
Leading PM candidate Nawaz Sharif says he'd do just that
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 9, 2013 4:22 AM CDT
In this Sunday, April 28, 2013 photo, Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during an election rally.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – Pakistan's leading candidate for prime minister has said he'll escort the country out of the US-led "war on terror" if elected on Saturday. Nawaz Sharif tells the BBC, "We have to" quit the effort, arguing that the move would be a step toward peace both in his country and elsewhere. But Sharif, who twice in the '90s held the PM post, wouldn't say whether he'd halt military operations against militant groups within his own borders. Pakistan has been involved in the war on terror since 9/11, the BBC notes. The run-up to the election has been violent, with former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani's son kidnapped today.