Pakistan on alert for Sharif showdown

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Lahore, Sept. 9 : Pakistan put airports on high alert, on the eve of defiant former premier Nawaz Sharif's planned return to challenge President Pervez Musharraf. Sharif, the premier whom army chief and president Pervez Musharraf ousted in 1999 and sent into exile in Saudi Arabia the following year, is due to arrive home from London on September 10, despite a call from a Saudi official for him to stay away for the sake of Pakistani stability.

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