‘Humble advice’: Erdogan meets Nawaz, JI leadership

Published: May 23, 2012

PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised Pakistani opposition leaders, including former premier Nawaz Sharif, to soften their positions against the government and let the political transition take place smoothly.

The visiting Turkish premier, according to officials in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has cautioned parties pushing to dislodge the government that political instability can hurt the interests of the country’s international backers ahead of a proposed drawdown from Afghanistan.

The message was conveyed to Nawaz Sharif and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leadership at separate meetings with Erdogan on Tuesday.

At least two PML-N officials told The Express Tribune that the Turkish leader asked Nawaz to tone down the movement the party launched to force Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to step down after his conviction by the Supreme Court in a contempt case last month.

‘The message by Erdogan was loud and clear; there should be reconciliation among political groups in Pakistan,” a PML-N leader said after the meeting.

None of the three aides of Nawaz—Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Senator Ishaq Dar—who assisted the PML-N leaders in talks were available for direct comments.

Sources revealed that the Turkish premier said he wanted to see democracy flourish in Pakistan and it was possible only if political parties exhibited maturity.

It was not immediately known how Nawaz responded to Erdogan’s advice but a top leader said things might change slightly after the meeting.

Nawaz called an ‘informal’ meeting of his party top leaders in Punjab House today (Wednesday) ahead of an anti-government rally in Attock in the afternoon today.

Party spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan, however, denied that the Turkish premier discussed domestic politics in his 45-minute meeting with Sharif in which only a few PML-N leaders participated.

While the PML-N was trying to conceal things, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) was more explicit to share Erdogan’s desire to see stability in Pakistan.

One of the JI leaders who attended the meeting said that the Turkish leader asked the religious group’s leaders to calm down their rhetoric for bringing down the government.

“While we do respect Turkish leadership, there are certain decisions we have to take according to our ground realities… and what political course to adopt should be our choice,” JI leader Liaquat Baloch said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Mirza
    May 23, 2012 - 9:28AM

    “Party spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan, however, denied that the Turkish premier discussed domestic politics in his 45-minute meeting with Sharif”
    Sharif only discusses the politicas of Pakistan with King of SA not the elected PM of Turkey. Sharif is finishing his 10 years of political exile by not contesting any elections even though Mush is long gone but the King is the King and Sharif knows that full well.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    May 23, 2012 - 8:52PM

    There was a time when Saudi Arabia did this kind of work for the rulers of Pakistan now It looks like Turkey is replacing Saudi Arabia in Pakistan.

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  • Freedom Seeker
    May 23, 2012 - 9:46PM

    We Pakistani are very simple and innocent people. We always take time to recognise friends and foes. All these years Saudis made us fool and destroy us with their Jihadi ideology. Now Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doing all this to please his masters as they failed to get the job done. Now this agent is here to make an attempt. He is playing as a good cop at the moment. Few years back he was in forefront to bring Qadafi in main stream politics and break his stance against west. Then Turkey make multi billion dollars investments there. But at the end they join their masters to kill him and turn Libya into rubble.Their other friend was Bashar of Syria but since last year Bashar is bad guy and now they are doing every thing to oust him and destroy the country. Its same Recep Tayyip Erdogan who don’t say a word about human right abuses and lack of democracy in states like Bahrain, Yemen, Qatar and Saudi Arabia . He is double face evil serving Empire and associate. Better to ignore him and his advise.

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