Kayani supports my stance over Siachen: Nawaz

Published: April 20, 2012

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and former senator of PML-Q Tariq Azim briefing the media. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: 

Nawaz Sharif, who came under fire for his call for a unilateral withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, said on Thursday that Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has supported his stance.

Addressing a press conference, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief maintained that if Pakistan withdraws its troops from Siachen, then India would follow suit. He made the comments alongside former senator Tariq Azeem who joined the PML-N on Thursday.

Sharif refrained from commenting on Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s remarks on the issue, in which he shot down the withdrawal proposal. Malik on Wednesday said that every inch of the country is sacred and Pakistan will never withdraw its army from Siachen unilaterally.

“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, too,” he said. He added that taking an initiative would force both the countries to sit together and resolve the issue.

Responding to a question on the poor law and order situation in Gilgit Baltistan (G-B) and Quetta, he said that the PPP-led coalition government is responsible for the killings of innocent Hazaras and the brutal murders of people in G-B.

He also took the address as an opportunity to criticise Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, saying that rather than increasing the size of his cabinet and asking for progress reports, he should actually visit affected localities. Sharif added that the current situation in Sindh is not satisfactory, and though the Chief Justice of Pakistan has given his observations on Karachi, the government is not willing to implement his suggestions or take solid steps to bring peace to the city.

Defending Tariq Azeem

Sharif welcomed new member Tariq Azeem to the PML-N. While defending Azeem’s past as an associate of Pervez Musharraf, he said that those people who entered politics after the Musharraf coup should be accepted into the party as they were not aware how Musharraf affected the PML-N, nor did they have a direct role in harming the party.

On the other hand, he explained, those who were in PML-N and then later joined PML-Q under the Musharraf banner would never be welcome, as they had brought great harm to the party.

“Those names are written in our hearts and minds, those who damaged the party. I assure you that they will never be taken into the party,” he added.

The PML-N chief added that Azeem has vision and an excellent record of working on human rights issues as well as connections to key individuals, making him a welcome addition.

“The whole party welcomes Azeem into PML-N and we have much to gain from his experience,” he said.

Azeem said that he has joined the “real Muslim league” after being impressed by its politics and principles. He said that he felt guilty while working with PML-Q and could not speak against their policies in the house – but now he has been freed.

Additionally, he appreciated Sharif’s visit to Siachen and told him that people of Sindh, Balochistan, Waziristan and G-B are calling him (Sharif) to visit their areas in order to alleviate their suffering. Azeem further added that the PPP leadership has totally failed to address the basic problems of the people.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2012.

Reader Comments (9)

  • K B Kale
    Apr 20, 2012 - 9:17AM

    Mr Kamran Shafi says, “First, everyone, a round of applause for Nawaz Sharif for saying so clearly, and so courageously, that India and Pakistan should withdraw their armies from Siachen in what is the most perilous, futile, and yes, stupidest stand-off in the whole wide world. As he said, one in which the battle was principally against the unbelievably harsh weather; the penetrating, unbearable, biting, killing cold; and such high altitudes at which even breathing is tortuous.”
    Well done, Mian sahab!! Go ahead to build lasting peace between India & Pakistan!! Jai Ho!

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 20, 2012 - 9:40AM

    General Kayani only said ‘ I don’t want to commend what NS said’ so please don’t twist things in your favor..

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  • Ali Tipu
    Apr 20, 2012 - 10:47AM

    I have watched the videos of both Kayani and NS. I think Kayani has said that exact OPPOSITE of what Saharif sb is claiming. Kayani categorically mentioned that troops shall not be withdrawn unilaterally. Which part of it Mian sb could not comprehend properly with his teeny tiny mind?

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  • Cheema
    Apr 20, 2012 - 11:32AM

    People please. Do not blame poor nawaz for saying kayani seconded him. He just doesn’t have the intellect to understand things which were spoken very plainly. That is the only reason Ch Allah Dad loves him so much :)

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  • Javaad Ali
    Apr 20, 2012 - 12:41PM

    I support Mian Nawaz Sharif and General Ashfaq Kiyani on their statements regarding Siachin.
    The stand-off at Siachin is one of the more mindless of human endeavors that two nations can indulge in.
    Neither that personnel of the Pakistan Armed Forces nor those of the Indian Armed Forces can fight each other over there (That’s what defence by armed forces usually implies folks). Those poor chaps are panting to barely stay alive and praying to make it back to their respective homes. They just do not even have the energy to lift up their guns and fire for God’s sake.

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  • Ayesha Khan
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Who is Ch Allah Dad?

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  • K B Kale
    Apr 20, 2012 - 8:18PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    I have copy-pasted the first few lines of his article, Dear Sir!

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  • K B Kale
    Apr 20, 2012 - 8:19PM
  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 21, 2012 - 9:11AM

    @K B Kale: I am sorry if offended but I shall surely go through your recommendations.

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