US’ apology for Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s 90-minute detention has not gone down well with the PML-N.
“The US government did not apologise for the Salala attacks that killed 24 soldiers in Pakistan, but have rendered a public apology for detaining Shahrukh Khan at an airport in New York City,” said Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Pir Sabir Shah.
At a rally in Peshawar on Sunday, Shah said it was evident from the US’ apology that Pakistan was not as important as India in the eyes of the international community. “Pakistan has lost its sovereignty during the Pakistan Peoples Party’s tenure,” he said.
“Let me tell you what the real difference is [between India and Pakistan], it is the difference in leadership of the two countries.”
The PML-N has the ability to put this country on the right track. The only problem faced by Pakistan is a lack of real leadership and Nawaz Sharif can fill this gap, he added.
US drone attacks continue unabated and the Zardari-led PPP government has put Pakistan’s sovereignty at stake by not protesting over these attacks, despite Pakistan being a nuclear state.
He added that the PML-N will stop drone attacks. “Controlling power outages and security problems were on top of our agenda. Only the PML-N has the ability to correct blunders of the present government and its predecessors,” he said.
He claimed that the PPP and the previous government of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf have the “same agenda of serving the US at the price of the public”.
Earlier, Iqbal Zafar Jagra, provincial president of the PML-N, addressed participants and reiterated that it was only the PML-N which could stabilise Pakistan.
Other leaders of the party, including Fareed Tufan and Nasir Musazai, were also present at the rally.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2012.
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