Nawaz Sharif refuses to attend Army briefing

Published: May 12, 2011
Nawaz Sharif  assured that there will be no more secret meetings with the army in the future.PHOTO: AFP

Nawaz Sharif assured that there will be no more secret meetings with the army in the future.PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif refused to attend Friday’s in-camera joint session of the parliament in protest against the increasing role of the ISI and army in politics.

During Friday’s in-house session, the army chief is due to brief the legislators on the U.S. strike in the Garrison city of Abbottabad and answer their questions.

The military command is said to be taking this parliamentary briefing a lot more seriously than the one it had given about the Swat operation two years ago.

Although Sharif is not a legislator, he was especially invited by the Prime Minister to attend Friday’s briefing. However, the PML-N chief said he declined the invitation, adding that Pakistan will not be able to progress unless the role of the ISI and Army is restricted.

As mentioned in a previous report published in The Express Tribune, the military command is expecting a barrage of sharp questions from the political leadership, most notably the opposition led by PML-N’s Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, during the course of the briefing.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan gave a fiery speech this Tuesday, accusing both the military and civilian leaders of incompetence and deceiving the Pakistani people, demanding an independent national commission to investigate the events of May 2, when a US special forces unit killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a ‘black’ operation in Abbottabad.

The PML-N chief, who demanded a judicial inquiry into the Abbottabad security failure, said he is ready to extend his three-day deadline if the government agrees to consider his demand.

Nawaz Sharif, who came under attack after his brother Shahbaz Sharif secretly, met the army chief, assured that there will no more be such secret meetings in the future.

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  • Faisal
    May 12, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Nawaz Sharif will be happy when everyone is restricted, him being the exception obviously. We’ve seen two of his tenures as well and sadly his rules were as disappointing as PPP’s. Recommend

  • Laughing Hyder Ali, England
    May 12, 2011 - 9:36PM

    Definietly anouther bout of exile for Nawaz Sharif. Wasn’t Nawaz Sharif sponsored by Gen. Zia ul Haq or his Pak Army descendent as safe pair of hands (Islamist politician)? Wasn’t he also sponsored by Osama Bin Laden in the election campaigns? Looks like all of Pak Army’s Frankenstein monsters don’t appreciate the creators. Worse, they are turning against the creators. PML (N), TNSM, TTP etc.Recommend

  • Shabbir
    May 12, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Country and army is better of without Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Aisha
    May 12, 2011 - 9:56PM

    all r corrupted, dey need 2 get a life big time and let some 1 like IMRAN KHAN 2 become da next president..x he is da only truthful,honest person left..xRecommend

  • Paki
    May 12, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Nawaz sharif should act maturely here …. Not attending the session or attending the session does nit have anything to do with his position on what role should the amy have …. A least if he attended he could have raised some of the questions ….

    When will we have sane mature leaders …..Recommend

  • tax payer
    May 12, 2011 - 10:13PM

    what a shame for the highly decorated institution? Recommend

  • NBF
    May 12, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Better late than never, also Mr. Sharif should think about beefing up his security.Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Good Job Nawaz Shareef!!
    You’re a Saviour of this Country!!
    it is YOU & ONLY YOU who can ensure Civilian Supremacy in this country!!Recommend

  • Folk Mind
    May 12, 2011 - 10:52PM

    May be Nawaz Sharif is affriad that he has to answer the Charges of the interior Minisnter Rehaman Malik. Malik criticized PML-N on the floor of National Parliament and accused PML-N and Nawaz Sharif for bringing OBL from Egypt to Pakisatn for money motives. Nawaz Sharif and PML-N should be probed for this serious breach of national secuirty and deception and misuse of office. CJ should take a suo motto notice and investigate this allegation against Nawaz Sharif and Ch Nisar.Recommend

  • Bilafond
    May 12, 2011 - 10:54PM

    He will be busy with his SEREEE PAYAA. Fond of giving statements ONLY. In any case his attention span does not last more than couple of minutes. So better he stays away. Munafiq Insaan.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    May 12, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Epic fail. The time needs a bit of maturity.Recommend

  • Umar
    May 12, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Great, Salutes..
    Mian Nawaz Sharif is the only hope for civilian supremacy in Pakistan.
    Army and ISI’s role in the politics is chronic for Pakistan.
    Well done Mian Sahab, u r truely a “SHER”.Recommend

  • Tilsim
    May 12, 2011 - 11:00PM

    I think this is a good step by NS. It’s high time that national security policy and control becomes the responsibility of the people rather than self appointed guardians. This change will not come about without taking a firm stand.Recommend

  • Shabaz Awara
    May 12, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Nawaz Sharif should go to this meeting and kick kayani in the nutsRecommend

  • Mahmood
    May 12, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Sharif just noticed that the ISI has been interfering with politics? Recommend

  • arshad Ullah
    May 12, 2011 - 11:35PM

    nawaz mate you need new advisors you talking rubbish this is the time to get all institutions together. you miss the boat yet . again , you should be on the streets like imran khan instead off sitting in your air con lounges . get out there and lets here you critize and help stop nato trucksRecommend

  • Maria
    May 12, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Since the creation of Pakistan Army Generals have forced Politicians to bow infront of GHQ, say no to role of army in the politics..
    Nation needs brave men like Nawaz Sharif, Great decision by Nawaz Sharif, not to attend military briefing..a huge slap on the face of military..GREAT.Recommend

  • Muneer Baloch
    May 12, 2011 - 11:50PM

    guys remember the briefing which Mr. Sharif had when he was the PM, just before the Kargil fiasco? I think he is sure no one would serve him tea ans samosa this time around, thats why he is not going if they would serve pajjay kay pai or haleem he might not be able to resist or may be certain MS K I M.Recommend

  • optimist
    May 12, 2011 - 11:51PM

    Nawaz Sharif is right. He is a changed person. Look at analysis of this by Najam Sethi

  • Mirza
    May 12, 2011 - 11:59PM

    I thought I would never write this, but Nawaz Sharif I am proud of your stand. After being overthrown you have really matured. How army touts wish that you and Zardari be at each other’s throat so they can perform their usual sunnah of “high treason” yet again.

    It is about time that this rogue army brought in civil control and made to act as human. They are cheats, liars, cowards, and foreign agents. That is why they are accepting lesser of the allegation of bein in the dark and not involved in keeping OBL and US mission. The neighbors of the compound said that local army stopped them from coming close to the compound during and after the attack. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 13, 2011 - 12:24AM

    I think Mr. NS should attend the briefing and later share his findings with the nation. It is equally true that the day our agencies stop poking their noses both on local and foreign affairs the democracy will flourish in our country. All state institutions must work in their laid down parameters. Recommend

  • parvez
    May 13, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Our politicians all talk sense when they are out of office.Recommend

  • Ikram
    May 13, 2011 - 12:38AM

    If ever any of them can become sincere and thinks of the country first. Things could be different Recommend

  • arshad Ullah
    May 13, 2011 - 12:57AM

    mr sharif is a mouth piece for the washington post.
    US is after ISI and army so is nawazRecommend

  • Hammad Ali
    May 13, 2011 - 1:01AM

    Well said Mr. Sharif….. Briefing should be given by Defence Secretary instead of Army Chief and a judicial probe should be started to fix the responsibility of incompetence. Recommend

  • Patriot
    May 13, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Nawaz Sharif is so very right here. It is high time to tame the military establishment and direct them to do only what they are supposed to do. Venturing out for other personal agendas has not only impaired their ability to safeguard the borders but has created such a mess that it looks as if to clear this quagmire we may take eternity.

    Generals….. you can not run economy, do not have the vision to formulate foreign policy, not empowered to dictate Kashmir or Afghan policies, certainly not authorized to throw away civil governments and create another debacle. Just go to your basic job. We don’t want another 1965, 1971, 1999 and 2011. Just do your JOB. Recommend

  • Shaheen
    May 13, 2011 - 1:14AM

    How soon we turn against our masters….PMLN was always an establishment party, now isolated in Punjab, it has only one choice for survival: to play the anti-establishment card. Nawaz, your days are numbered.Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    May 13, 2011 - 1:20AM

    Why the hell? Immaturity, i must say..Recommend

  • obv
    May 13, 2011 - 2:51AM

    What kind of nut he is? He should have attended the session, this session was not for any thing but for National Security. Every leader from major political party should have attended it so that to clear the doubts about this operation and also to know the actual army point of views, along with opportunities to raise ur reservations and doubts.

    A well informed leader would be in better position to defend Pakistan’s interest globally. Recommend

  • Raza
    May 13, 2011 - 2:53AM

    The nation should applaud Sharif. Only he has the guts to confront the jokers Kiyani & Pasha and the Rs600 Billion they waste every year.

    Image is reality. What is Pakistan’s image? Can Kiyani and Pasha pls post an answer…Recommend

  • patriot
    May 13, 2011 - 3:24AM

    Nawaz sharif was the man i voted thrice… but besides his brother’s efforts he seems to be in a nap mode… he attended the kargil affair briefing but denied attending now… nawaz’s underhand deals with zardari are becoming fact.. proved… by his sudden outbreaks and then chill times… after all he was made by agencies… and he dint have the right calibre…. only the money cant keep u a PM foreeverRecommend

  • Ali
    May 13, 2011 - 3:49AM

    Great work, thumbs up for Nawaz Sharif..a huge slap on the face of army indeed.Recommend

  • Rida
    May 13, 2011 - 4:16AM

    I appreciate Sharif’s stance,
    My vote to Nawaz Sharif..BRAVO.Recommend

  • Rana
    May 13, 2011 - 4:19AM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif is the only hope for the civilian supremacy in Pakistan..
    He is the only sincere leader in Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 6:24AM

    Its the pinnacle of immaturity and neglect towards nation’s interests. Its national security where at least this clown should have forgotten everything but the security position of Pakistan. Still all he wants is the government face immense pressure alone, because any blunder he makes now on would effect his vote bank and public acceptability. He is the opposition party’s head so is supposed to ask questions from the government and Army and put before the nation what had actually happened. Things these days are so introcratic that a truly public appointed government in its truest form would unravel what was it that has been happening since 1999. The secret deals with the US, drones and you name it all. High time Nawaz Shareef start taking things seriously or as already there wouldn’t be a 0.5% chance left for his party of the one in the government to take power again.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    May 13, 2011 - 6:56AM

    For the first time in his life, Nawaz Sharif is talking sense.
    This is the real need of the hour. The military are the servants of the nation – not its masters. According to the BBC, Pakistani high-ranking officers lead a life of luxury unmatched anywhere else in the world. While the economy is spinning out of control, the army builds more golf courses. It is better to sign a defense pact with China and dissolve the army.Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 13, 2011 - 8:20AM

    So knowing all that you still voted for him thrice? Pretty smart!
    NS has had heart episode and has seen what military has been doing against democracy and elected bloody civilians. Finally he has matured and would not hurt the democratic process. There are differences in democracy but taking army’s side would be suicidal. Well done NS. Let the ugly truth about OBL’s secret supporters come out. Recommend

  • White Russian
    May 13, 2011 - 10:19AM

    NS is clever enough to not to be there when it is time to ask tough questions from powers that be. He wants PPP to do it and face the khakis, while he himself is busy giving great statements.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    May 13, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Nawaz Sharif is dodging the meeting and he does not want to shoulder responsibilities. In any case he is too thick to understand the intricacies of Statecraft. Recommend

  • ahs
    May 13, 2011 - 12:59PM

    good on you to stay away from the stooges !Recommend

  • malik
    May 13, 2011 - 1:14PM

    Those who are saying Nawaz Sharif should show ‘maturity’ are in fact seeking clemency for the Abbottabad fiasco. If the civilian leadership goes on ignoring the defeats that the army has suffered, God forbids, we will one day end up losing the country. It is time to question the holy cow. Recommend

  • malik
    May 13, 2011 - 1:20PM

    But more than the tactic, it’s the thinking behind Sharif’s move that is important. Sharif appears to have grasped, and more importantly is willing to act on, a central fact in the quest to rectify the civil-military imbalance: the army will not surrender its ascendancy over the civilian politicians without the fiercest of fights.
    (The right goal at the wrong time by Cyril Almedia)Recommend

  • malik
    May 13, 2011 - 1:22PM

    Nawaz Sharif is the first civilian leader who has the guts to say what everybody wants to say but it not saying. Recommend

  • Butt
    May 13, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Kindly stand up against whoever are destabilizing Pakistan. India and USA are in an attempt to weaken PAK army, while our army is in a bid to safeguard PAK interests in Afghanistan. India and USA both are trying to destabilize Pakistan by feeding terrors working in Balochistan and elsewhere in Pakistan. Musharraf read this script very well and acted accordingly. Sorrowfully a section of the media and a few politicians are helping India and USA to achieve their objectives. Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Nawaz Shareef is a spent force. He is just a Kaghzai Sher and has no ability to think nation’s security priority. According to Pervaiz Musharaf his upper chamber is emptry which is proving true. NS do not want to attend this important in-Camera meeting thinking that he has to face Media persons after that which he has no capability to speak live audience. He is hiding behid Ch. Nisar who only knows lip service and nothing else.

    It will be observed, that based on NS negative politics (opposition for the sake of opposition) and especially especially in view of PML-N poor performance with Punjab Provisional Government, they may faill to survive in the next General Elections as the writing is very much on the wall.Recommend

  • Suhail Ahmed
    May 13, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Our two times Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, weighed in with his “sovereignty” and “ghairat” dialogues. He was trying to put the now very stale Davis and this Osama issue in the same bag. Of course how convenient of him, when he was being accused of bringing OBL to Pakistan from Sudan in a C130 by our Interior Minister. Mr. Sharif wants a “judicial inquiry” into this “Saniha.” Give me a break here. The same judiciary gave you a clean slip as a payback for the not so long of a march. So with this circus going on, who in their right mind would think that any heads would roll? I can tell you one thing for sure; if the Zawahiris and Awlakis of the world are found in our backyard, we may not get enough time to roll our eyes. Until then we can keep on doing are shenanigans of “izzat”, “ghairat”, sovereignty”, “qaumi waqar”. The right wing parties and establishment should stop playing mouse and cat play. In the name of Quomi Ghairat they are posing sever threats to this country.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 7:57PM

    PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif refused to attend Friday’s in-camera joint session of the parliament in protest against the increasing role of the ISI and army in politics. It seems that Mian Nawaz Sharif is very much striving to remain in headlines. His stance is always blurred. The same Nawaz Sharif was brought up by Military dictators and was apple of an eye of Zia. The same Nawaz Sharif actively used military against PPP government to topple Benazir Bhutto’s government. The same Nawaz Sharif brought Musharraf to the rank of chief of Army staff by crossing numbers of several senior generals for the protection of his government. When he was lashed by Musharraf, he turned against the same establishment always supported him. The recent statement of Mian Nawaz Sharif is nothing but a personal grudge, He is playing politics at the time when Pakistan in under severe threats. I always used to say Nawaz Sharif, has no love lost for this country. The ire of Nawaz Sharif is also for another reason that military could not save his father Osama Bin Laden. It is high time to think for Pakistan not for political point scoring. Mian Sahib history will not give you chance again.Recommend

    May 13, 2011 - 8:02PM

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    Sorry to say that we are anable to do anything and
    Leaders are from Nations we iossed our Lesson of our
    Holy book .At first we willlern our Lesson again then
    We rule Over the World . Without it we are not Alive.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 9:25PM

    I do not support Nawaz shareef because of his past politics and i support PPP and ANP But in present circumstances Nawaz shareef is the only person who can take Military and Intelligence Agencies out of the Politics who do not have the right to do politics. Spending state resources to deform politics and defame politician and to keep their stacks in every aspect of state affairs is the only thing which military and intelligence agencies have been doing since 1948. They are only concern with their own interests and have no bother with the life standard of a common man…Recommend

  • MI
    May 13, 2011 - 11:00PM

    @Mehreen Raheel
    The same Nawaz Sharif did not speak when PMLN and judges handed over Raymond David to USA. The same Nawaz Sharif whose brother meets General Kiyani at midnights secretly at GHQ. I am tired of this person.Recommend

  • nasir
    May 13, 2011 - 11:33PM

    Mr Nawaz Sharif has the clear view on the national issues. the demand of the judicial commission is very positive sign. so its time to make strengthen the nation by exploring the role of our so called isi etc. Recommend

  • Patriot
    May 13, 2011 - 11:44PM


  • All Pakistani
    May 14, 2011 - 10:26AM

    He was not conspicuous by his absence. He is politically vegetated and brain dead.Recommend

  • Munir
    May 14, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Mr. Nawaz Sharif first bring looted money back and then talk about PakistanRecommend

  • Zubair Shah
    May 14, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Pakistan is passing through testing epoch of history. We passed through many crests and troughs in the short span of history, but this time is a litmus test for our all the politicians. Kudos to Pakistan government for taking military on same page, indeed it was the need of hour. It is not the time to beat the line when snake has passed, Pakistan history is witness that PPP is the only party faced much anger, anguish and conspiracies by establishment, yet realizing the gravity of situation, PPP did not linger to support establishment. On the other hand the head of right wing bona party, who liked to lick the boots of generals in the past, refused to attend the in-camera briefing just because of personal grudge against a general, I salute PPP that from its foundation to day, establishment bruised it by tooth and nails but it ignored the past follies for the national interest. He had no grudge with generals before Musharraf, because the same military popped him to counter PPP. The same establishment founded IJI and taught him to supersede the incumbent governments through conceived conspiracies. The same Mian Sahib used to say I will accomplish the mission of Zia-ul-Haq. Mian Sahib every one knows your turncoat, please stop setting personal scores and stop playing politics on national issues.Recommend

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