Credit for Karachi operation goes to Nawaz: Zubair

Published: April 7, 2017
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with former army chief Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with former army chief Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with former army chief Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE Mohammad Zubair. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair has said former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif was “just another general and no one should make him larger than life”.

“[Gen] Raheel Sharif was made larger than life and that’s the reason when he is allotted a piece of land — which he deserves — it raises eyebrows,” the governor said while speaking to the media on the sidelines of the ‘Leaders in Islamabad’ summit in the federal capital.

“He is a normal general like any other generals and it’s his right to acquire the piece of land he was given … Let’s be fair with him — let’s not make him larger than life. This will only create more problems for him.”.

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Lashing out at the critics of the appointment of the former army general as head of the Saudi-led 41-nation Islamic military alliance, Zubair defended the move, terming it Sharif’s ‘prerogative’ as a ‘normal person’.

Islamabad’s decision to send the former army chief to lead the alliance has raised concerns among political circles because of its likely repercussion in the region and fears that it may complicate our already fraught relations with Iran.

“His [Sharif’s] job as chief of the Saudi-led alliance is also being seen as something extraordinary –- when it should be his prerogative as a normal person.

Zubair said the law and order situation had improved in Karachi after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assumed the office as the country’s chief executive.

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“The credit for Karachi’s operation goes 100 percent to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” he said and added, “Although Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif also contributed a lot towards that end.”

The governor noted that a large number of people was surprised over Raheel Sharif’s appointment as the Islamic Military alliance commander and inquired whether he was accepting it for the sake of money.

The governor said the deployment of Rangers in Karachi was essential for the economic development and the paramilitary troops would remain in the metropolis till the economic stability is achieved.

“In the past, Karachi would be shut down in only 10 minutes. Now, all political parties can not close the city even if they join forces,” Zubair maintained.

Responding to a question regarding the Panama case, he said he himself was anxiously waiting for the apex court’s decision and added that the unnecessary delay had been affecting stock exchange negatively.

Zubair claimed that Nine Zero (90) had been sealed and added that no one was demanding to reopen the former headquarters of the Muttahia Qaumi Movement. “Altaf Hussian is history now, and there is nobody left who can mention the name of the MQM-London.”

The governor also slammed Hussain and said his speech that he delivered in New Delhi way back in 2004 in which he termed partition of the Subcontinent a ‘mistake’ was more dangerous.

Separately, Khuwaja Saad Rafique later said that the statement of the Sindh governor was his [Muhammad Zubair’s] own statement and not the government’s stance.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • AK
    Apr 7, 2017 - 2:39AM

    And you sir, should make a statement appropriate to your status. A governor of a province is expected to be impartial and apolitical. Your statement betrays this cardinal rule of our democracy.Recommend

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Apr 7, 2017 - 7:05AM

    Was that a backhanded compliment or what ?Recommend

  • Adi Viccaji.
    Apr 7, 2017 - 9:54AM

    The only yard stick I have at a personal level to comment on Gen Raheel Sharif is observation based on a couple of speeches he has made in public. I find him straight forward and confident, Looks like a good and sensible man whom I would trust . Wish him success in his future endeavours.Recommend

  • abreez
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:08AM

    I think ‘Urdu speaking’ people have realized that new role of Pakistan and especially new role of Karachi in world economy demands new role of ‘Urdu speaking’ people in Pakistani politics. Pakistani politics will take U turn in near future when Pakistani people ask for economic benefits and unity instead of jobs and disunity. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:09AM

    NS is incapable of taking any decision. He needs to be pushed or in most cases the circumstances are such that he has no other option but to go with the flow. Otherwise, NS is a complete definition of procrastination.Recommend

  • Naveed Mahmood
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:14AM

    Problem is that everyone in ruling elite thinks that he has to make statement to remain in lime light and in media whereas such type of attitude is not seen any where in the world. Only nominated spokesman of the government or media adviser should come on the media and give statement. Governor Sindh himself a son of General should have avoided such statement which is not worthy of his appointment but they are politician first and then governor. Whereas governor should not indulge in such type of statements. Prime Minister must stop all his Ministers to make any statement and should ask Press Adviser or Minister to give statements o any matters.Recommend

  • syed shafiq ul hassan
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:28AM

    Lol !Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    Apr 7, 2017 - 3:01PM

    Lol
    He meant to say that just the way a governor controls all the administration of a province similarly it was Nawaz Shareef that got all the good things done from army….Recommend

  • Hugh Slaman
    Apr 8, 2017 - 4:30AM

    Ridiculous to say Nawaz Sharif deserves any credit for the improvement in the Karachi situation. What is he but an opportunist looking for alliances with whomever he thinks can help him? He just went along with the wishes of the Army, especially after the dharna.Recommend

  • Athar
    Apr 8, 2017 - 5:26AM

    Lol
    Out of his mind
    Sir Raheel Shareef is a hero for nation and we are proud to have you.Recommend

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