Pakistan will not send military troops to other countries: Nawaz Sharif

Published: March 20, 2014
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Prime minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the renaming ceremony of PAF base Mianwali.  PHOTO: INP

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the renaming ceremony of PAF base Mianwali. PHOTO: INP

MIANWALI / LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that Pakistan was not sending its military troops to other countries.    

Nawaz dismissed the notion that some countries had asked for assistance of Pakistan’s armed forces to conduct operations in their land.

Speaking to media after a ceremony to rename Mianwali Airbase as MM Alam Airbase, the premier stated that recent visits of the leadership of brotherly countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait were testimonies of their friendship and must not be linked with such assumptions.

Addressing the ceremony, Nawaz said that Pakistan was not involved in the arms race but it was neither negligent with regards to its defence. He added that the army will be made strong from every aspect as it makes the country strong.

He also said that Pakistan was a peaceful country and did not have hostilities against anyone.

Appreciation

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain appreciated the statement by Nawaz regarding not sending troops to other countries, Express News reported.

He also said that the premier should always make such brave decisions in the future.

He further added that such an announcement has also increased confidence of the nation.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • asad
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:47PM

    I say rent them out and bring us out of debt

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  • True Karachiwala
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:54PM

    Hats off to Altaf Husain for being unequivocally opposing such possibilities.

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  • M.Faisal
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:57PM

    We know our leader he cant do anything that can put our country at risk… we know you are on right path and you will take our economy to new heights,, but few people are jealoused those work for our foreign enemies and their businesses only base on anarchy and lawlessness..!!

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  • Jafri
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:00PM

    Going by his track record, I am absolutely certain that NOW Pakistan will send its army to another country while it itself will be burning to ashes.

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  • Positive Pakistani
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:00PM

    Then why was the resolution was passed with PML-N’s support against altaf hussain’s army remarks…the other day???…confused!!

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  • Nadir
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:02PM

    How about retd troops?Recommend

  • meedan
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:05PM

    This will probably end the environment of the uncertainty prevailing in the country with respect to this issue and silence to all who are raising appropriations. Now lets wait for some other story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Good
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:17PM

    Good categorical statement. Appreciated.

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  • Freakonomist
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:31PM

    Dear PM, as far as I know, a Battalion or more of our regular army is deployed to Bahrain for years to protect the King and his interests, not sure about other countries. What is this new development? Hope we are not sending troops to crush conduct operations in Eastern provinces of Saudi Arabia and Syria!!! Zai’s operation against Palestinians is not hidden from the world, only issue is our history books do not mention such heroic acts of our great leader .Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:31PM

    After this categorical statement, media should stop giving their so called IN DEPTH analysis about the 1.5 billion $ aid and find some other topic to bash government.Recommend

  • Ijaz
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:36PM

    Mogambo Khush Huwa !!!!!!!!!!!

    “Appreciation

    Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain appreciated the statement by Nawaz regarding not sending troops to other countries, Express News reported.”Recommend

  • AA
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:37PM

    If this statement proved true then must be appreciated but not seems to be true, after all why these arab sheikhs making frequent visits to Pak and taking special interest in ties with Pak?Recommend

  • UF
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:39PM

    @ Nadir
    Not at all…….. probably for using them to resolve the unrest within his own party.Recommend

  • Aziz
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:42PM

    The categorical statement from the PM will remove the fear and doubt in the mind of the nation that our army was being sent to the slaughterhouses of the ME. Very timely and very reassuring. Thank you very much Mr. Prime Minister.

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  • Qamber
    Mar 20, 2014 - 4:10PM

    It mean they give charity of $1.5b to us … dear prime minister there are diffidently some thing wrong please ask the truth to the nation.

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  • Gratgy
    Mar 20, 2014 - 4:16PM

    How about “non state” troops?

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  • Truther
    Mar 20, 2014 - 4:19PM

    Iran and Hizbullah are sending army and mercenaries to Syria to butcher the children, women and men from Sunni majority and here the media is supporting the butcher regime of dictator asad who has no legal right to power except brutal force, as for altaf hussain his sympathies and loyalties are for a particular sect that everybody knows here in this countryRecommend

  • Poleturtle
    Mar 20, 2014 - 5:29PM

    $1.5 Billion is far too much money for small arms, boots on the ground, training or consultancy. But is it enough for THE BOMB????
    Someone ask the PM !

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  • unbelievable
    Mar 20, 2014 - 5:51PM

    Maybe Saudi Arabia can fight it’s own war for a change?

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  • A
    Mar 20, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Why is $1.5bn for? There is no free lunch in this world.

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  • MJ
    Mar 20, 2014 - 7:45PM

    Knowing the integrity record of NS, please read the heading again but skip the word “not” in the middle to find the truth.

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  • Ali
    Mar 20, 2014 - 7:50PM

    Can he be believed?
    maybe its just like his idea of running the bullet train from Peshawar to Karachi!

    the saudis never gave such big monies to us even when we needed most – earth quake, floods, sactions after the nuclear tests….why now? and at what cost?

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  • Raj - USA
    Mar 20, 2014 - 7:55PM

    Nawaz Sharif has backed out on every assurance, promise and commitment he made before elections.

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 20, 2014 - 8:06PM

    Mr Prime Minister; no one expects from your government to undertake Herkulesian tasks, but how on earth Pakistan can keep on paying this army and for the equipment, when its usefulness has been demonstratibly proven to only police duties in the country . Indian army is in similar cadre but they have been promised more engagement in UNO poice actions, you could ask Mr Moon for a reasonable share for your army as well.

    Rex Minor

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 20, 2014 - 8:12PM

    May Allah bless our forfathers and there great vision and wisdom and this country will lead the ummah inshaallah.

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  • Instantaneous
    Mar 20, 2014 - 9:45PM

    Google the signs of a Fascist Society and you will surely get all your answers about this country and the government

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  • Aijaz
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:02PM

    We are tagged as a nation who can sell our mother for $10, what’s wrong selling our army for few million petro dollars?

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  • Ghulam Ali
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:37PM

    @Truther. I belong to that particular sect but I am not narrow minded like you. I put my country before my sect. There is no need for Pakistan to interfere into proxy wars of gulf states. Pakistan zindabad.

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  • Mar 20, 2014 - 11:13PM

    @Aijaz:
    Shame on you.

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  • Dude
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:59PM

    How pakistan can send troops outside, were the country itself is in big trouble.It is beyond even imagination !

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  • Mar 21, 2014 - 12:30AM

    @Truther:
    that’s not our head ache. we have our own enough head aches to deal with.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Mar 21, 2014 - 3:23AM

    This shows the amount of respect which Muslim nations have for the Pakistani military. Pakistan trains Arab states’ armed forces and airforces. As soon as Pakistan is rid of its internal security problems post-2014, we should take a more active role in the Middle East.

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  • Truther
    Mar 21, 2014 - 12:16PM

    @Ghulam Ali: and what would you say about Iranian interference in pakistan by aiding and arming terrorists in Pakistan? Why your broad mindedness stops you from condemning it

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  • Muhammed Ali
    Mar 21, 2014 - 6:16PM

    @asad:
    We will never be out of debt while we have corrupt leadership..

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  • Muhammed Ali
    Mar 21, 2014 - 6:19PM

    I am taking bets on the time it takes from now to when our troops land there..anyone????

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  • Ghulam Ali
    Mar 21, 2014 - 11:14PM

    @truther
    Are you seriously this naive my friend?
    Everyone knows where the Taliban and other terrorist org. are getting finances from, i.e Saudi Arabia.
    And If it makes you happy, let me tell you that I would give my life for my country if war ever takes place between Pakistan and Iran or Pakistan and Saudi for that matter.

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  • nobody
    Mar 22, 2014 - 3:14AM

    Pakistan, seriously such a confused nation. But seriously not of its own doing. I hope this is true what Nawaz Sharif is saying, it feels true, only time will tell. He definitely is a changed man. This could be extremely positive for not only Pakistan but the region and rest of the world.

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  • Dr.Shafique
    Mar 22, 2014 - 7:20AM

    Dear NS,
    Do you think the world is full of fools to believe your fantasy story? The world knows — and more so Pakistanis living overseas — that Pakistani soldiers and mercenaries operate in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and, more recently, also in Syria and elsewhere. And because Kashmir is not an integral part of Pakistan, assuming it is a “disputed” territory, the Pakistani soldiers there are doing charitable work! And what about Afghanistan? The list does not end there because wherever Pakistani Government can make a fast buck, it will not hesitate to send Pakistani soldiers to their graves. And that’s how much credibility Pakistani Governments enjoy.

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  • nawaz
    Mar 22, 2014 - 9:58PM

    Mian sahib who would believe on your statements? You and your cabinet is a bunch of liars. Every one knows If not serving personnel but retired will be sent including those who are considered as strategic assets. I hope this does not happen for any unholy activities. We should remind them that though we respect Kings and prince from your states but we are also King Kong. Interestingly Lion (king) is logo of PML-N though with goats tail.Recommend

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