Nawaz Sharif claims reverse-engineering US Tomahawk missile in 1990s

Days after launching scathing attack, ex-PM says he made a lot of contributions for Pakistan Army


NEWS DESK October 01, 2020
Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif speaking to reporters in London. SCREENGRAB

Days after launching a scathing attack on country’s state institutions, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a bid to soothe ties with the Pakistan Army claimed that his government back-engineered the US Tomahawk missile to enhance the defence capabilities of the country.

“I have made immense contributions for army and spent billion and trillions.... We made [the] country a nuclear power and developed JF-17 [fighter jet] with the collaboration of China,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader said while speaking to reporters in London.

Nawaz went on to claim that half of the missiles that country’s armed forces have were developed during his tenure.

“Tomahawk missile was developed due to Nawaz Sharif. We brought it from Balochistan when Clinton [former US president] had fired missiles into Afghanistan.”

The three-time prime minister said that one of the Tomahawk missile was found undamaged and reproduced through back-engineering.

Responding to a question regarding making the country’s institutions controversial, the ousted PM said he is proud and salute all those army soldiers and officers who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

“I only have issues with handful of them who spoil the reputation of the institution,” he added.

Convicted ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, who was allowed to fly to London for treatment late last year, had accused the country’s state institutions of rigging the 2018 general elections and installing the “puppet” [PM Imran] into power.

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