Yaum-e-Takbeer: Unlike ’98, Pakistan is completely isolated, says Sharif

Published: May 29, 2011
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PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif addresses a gathering in Aiwan-e-Iqbal in Lahore. PHOTO: INP

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif addresses a gathering in Aiwan-e-Iqbal in Lahore. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: 

Chief of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that unlike his government in 1998, the incumbents have failed to save Pakistan from being ‘terrorised’ and ‘isolated’.

The PML-N chief was addressing a number of gatherings in Lahore to mark the 13th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests and in Sargodha where he inaugurated the Aashyana Housing Scheme and a degree college.

Sharif, who was the prime minister when Pakistan first responded to India’s nuclear tests in 1998, said that nine of the 13 years passed since the nuclear tests were under a dictator regime.

He said that out of the 63 years of the country’s history, 33 were spent under martial laws and as a result democracy never flourished.

Highlighting the day’s importance, he said that his government had been offered “a $5 billion economic package” to give up the nuclear programme, but they decided to persist.

Sharif added that at that time, the international community had tried to persuade him to discontinue the programme, but he refused to bow down and was not swayed by the lure of money.

He said that the then US President Bill Clinton made five calls to him, while the UK’s Tony Blair contacted him twice.

The PML-N chief said that he had saved the county in 1998 from becoming an isolation state, something the incumbent government has failed to do, he added.

‘Accountability as the way forward’

Nawaz also urged the people to agitate against the government if it failed to establish an independent commission to investigate the May 2 Abbottabad raid as well as the PNS Mehran attack.

Sharif said that the government was disregarding the joint resolution passed by parliament on the May 2 incident.

He said that only way forward for Pakistan is to hold the people responsible for the incident accountable.

Accusing the government of having failed in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, he said that on the one hand, the country’s sovereignty was being violated by the US, while on the other, the government is applauding it.

Nawaz added that the people should support him in his efforts to extricate the country “out of isolation and out of a situation where the army and the police are selflessly sacrificing their lives, but are being portrayed as criminals before the world”. He also said that it was the right of the people to oust an ‘incompetent’ government.  The party chief said that through accountability and inquiry of the two incidents, PML-N with the support of the people will protect the country from terrorism.

He also warned the army that democracy, despite all its flaws could right itself. He said that through democracy the nation has forced “dictator Musharraf out of the country”, reinstated an independent judiciary and ensured freedom of the press.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Rana
    May 29, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, you are the last hope for this country,
    we salute your courage for conducting nuclear tests.Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Rehan
    May 29, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Nawaz Sharif ZindabadRecommend

  • annonymous
    May 29, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Not one mention of the threat faced from within, the Taliban, TTP, Al Qaeda and all that jazz. A hidden ultra-right winger if I ever saw one. The day this baldy comes to power will be the day we lose our country. He may go die with his rhetoric, but he won’t be ‘saving’ the country anytime soon.Recommend

  • Sanaullah
    May 29, 2011 - 12:58PM

    I am a Baloch,
    Mian Sahab, save us(Balochs) from this Na Paak Army.. These Generals and Army is the biggest hurdle in the progress of this country..Recommend

  • Jehangir
    May 29, 2011 - 1:13PM

    the only man who can give property paisa permit aka ppp a run for their money…i.e. he might be a better con man than the restRecommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 1:18PM

    For Pakistan please amend to read PML-N

    PML-N is isolated now.Recommend

  • Thinking
    May 29, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Imagine if that $5 billion could have been invested in educating the youth instead. Instead many billions have been pocketed by the ISI and the military as the average Pakistani’s life becomes more filled with fear and violence on a daily basis. That “bumb” sure keeps Pakistan safe!Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Youm e Takbeer has forced Pakistanis to celebrate Youm e Kashkole. Had nations succeed due to bombs and ammunition Russia would have been ruling the world. What Shareef did was only “demonstrated” the bombs and turned nation into a FAILED STATE — whatever Pakistan is going through today is due to none other than Nawaz Shareef. He would never talk about economy, education, infratructue and religious extremism but keepingplaying with the emotions of innocent Pakistanis in the name of Youm e Takbeer.Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 2:07PM

    When a common man think about the military action in Abbattabad
    and killing of Bin Ladan and on the other hand attack on navel base
    in Karachi he compel to say that the silence adopted by the nation
    is not understandable.

    As for as government side is concerned,
    it looks as rulers want to see the last point
    of public patience.Recommend

  • Umar
    May 29, 2011 - 3:35PM

    At that time US imposed sanctions on Pakistan,but Pakistan survived coz of best planning by Muslim League..
    Maian Sahab,gud goin, INSHALLAH u will be next PM,n the worst nightmere for corrupt military n lanti generals.Recommend

  • Khurram
    May 29, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif,we love you..Recommend

  • Indian USA
    May 29, 2011 - 6:06PM

    Nawaz Sharif could be good PM of Pakistan.He is the only one who can control Pakistan army.His recent policy statement about flawed national security state does make sense.If country is economically powerful,everyone respects it.But It is very easy to say good things when u r out of the power but whether u can deliver that promise or not is remains to be seen.Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 6:30PM
  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 29, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Pakistan was not isolated during Musharaf regime. Since both you and your brother Zardari have come back, Pakistan has become isolated. Everything built in those eight years have been destroyed. When you were sacked there were only 700 million dollars in F.E. reserve, but when Musharaf left there were more than 17 billions dollars. I guarantee that if situation of Pakistan and money in exchequre had been like this in 2008 both of you would not have returned. Recommend

  • salim
    May 29, 2011 - 6:47PM

    He’s playing into hands of CIA by critising the army and ISI. We don’t need black sheeps any more.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    May 29, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Political point scoring… He just now wants to be the president of the country while his brother becomes prime minister. We need to abolish Political Party system.Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 9:45PM

    Well. ‘Takbeer’ for celebrating a day dedicated to weapons of mass destruction.

    Sigh.Recommend

  • Wajid
    May 29, 2011 - 10:26PM

    GHQ trying its best to post here :P

    The nation knows you US puppet Generals and ur agencies. Now you cannot occupy PAKISTAN InshaAllah.

    Nawaz Sharif ZindabadRecommend

  • Chaudry Imtiaz
    May 30, 2011 - 8:01AM

    I bet when Nawaz comes to power and ruins everything AGAIN just like he left us in the clutches of IMF last time (Although his brother in punjab and his buddy Zardari in center has already done that), all his lovers here will be crying.
    STOP army bashing you self haters. Imran is the future.Recommend

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