ISLAMABAD - A small but influential Arabian gulf country played a major role in paving way for former military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf to stage a hassle-free return home, sources said.

Before staging a comeback to homeland on Sunday, Musharraf and his close aides also knew fully well that his erstwhile rival, the two time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has also been managed and persuaded by the royal highnesses of the same Gulf State through back channel diplomacy to lower his stiff opposition to the former military general, not to use harsh language against him, and also ask his party leaders to avoid harsh criticism/ comment against his person.  According to the verbal agreement reached before the former general's arrival, both Nawaz Sharif and Pervez Musharraf agreed to stay away from attacking each other, especially in public rallies leading up to the general elections to be held in May 2013.

According to the secret pact that reached between Mian Nawaz Sharif and Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf through the Arab intermediaries, both of them will not create hurdles for each other in any way rather they will mind their own business while staying here in Pakistan.

At a time when political parties in Pakistan have geared up their election campaigns ahead of next General Election scheduled to be held at 11 May 2013, former military dictator Pervez Musharraf returned home on last Sunday ending more than four years in self-exile. Sources said despite the general impression that the military establishment of the country had helped its former general to stage a comeback, neither the top generals nor President Asif Zardari were in favour of Musharraf retuning at thias critical juncture, especially in the wake of attack threats from Taliban and Baloch nationalists.

"Musharraf could only manage to come back home until a ruler of a country in ME convinced former PM Nawaz Sharif to not to use his influence to create hurdles for former dictator Pervez Musharraf," a source added.

Mian Nawaz Sharif, the two time former prime minister, went on a 10 years long exile agreement in December 2000 after his majority government was booted out by the then Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf through a bloodless military coup in the year."The pressure from Saudis and royal family of Qatar made Nawaz Sharif  withdraw his opposition against Pervez Musharraf," a high ranking official said on anonymity. 

According to Qatar pact that reached between Mian Nawaz Sharif and Gen retd Pervez Musharaf, both of them will not create hurdles for each other in any way rather they will mind their own business while staying here in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PML-N has tried to get Pervez Musharraf to stand trial in an article 6 trial for treason in relation to the emergency on 3 November 2007.

According to agreement the PML-N will not initiate this any demand to invoke article 6 against the military ruler to stand him for trial in Pakistan. This is why when Musharraf surprised many in Pakistan by returning back as planned, even the most vocal of comrades of Nawaz Sharif stayed away from commenting or criticisng his arrival back.