LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s President Nawaz Sharif, who came under fire for his call for a unilateral withdrawal from the Siachen Glacier, said on Thursday that the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has supported his stance.
Addressing a press conference in Raiwind, Sharif maintained that if Pakistan took the lead in withdrawing troops from the glacier then India would definitely withdraw its troops.
Responding to a question he said that Kayani had seconded his statement. Sharif, though refrained from commenting on Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s comments on his statement. Instead, the former Prime Minister chose to remind everyone the circumstances leading up to his ouster from Islamabad, and subsequently Pakistan in 1999.
“Considering my political career as two time prime minister, everyone should trust my opinion as I believe that if we withdraw the Army from Siachen, India would definitely withdraw it too,” adding that taking an initiative would force both the countries to sit together and resolve the issue.
Earlier on Wednesday, Kayani had said that Pakistan wants the resolution of the Siachen issue and other matters with India, but he stopped short of advocating for a unilateral withdrawal.
Sharif’s statements though came under fire from the Interior Minister who declared that every inch of Pakistan was sovereign and that even if there was a withdrawal, it would never be unilateral.