PM Nawaz takes aim at Indian leadership, vows to control any anti-Pakistan act

Published: May 30, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed on Saturday concern over the ‘acts’ of foreign intelligence agencies attempting to destabilise Pakistan, while also hitting out at recent statements of the Indian political leadership.

“We would take all possible measures to control any anti-Pakistan acts,” the premier said, according to DG ISPR Gen Asim Bajwa.

The statement came during the premier’s visit along with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Islamabad.

“Terrorism and extremism are the biggest challenge to a secure, prosperous Pakistan,” the premier added.

Further, the statement came days after Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that India would use terrorism to counter terrorism from other countries.

Following the statement, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Parrikar’s statement confirms Pakistan’s apprehensions that India is involved in terrorism in Pakistan.

Read: Manohar Parrikar’s statement proves India involved in terrorism in Pakistan: Aziz

Expressing concern over the acts of foreign intelligence agencies destabilising Pakistan, PM Nawaz said, “We’ll collectively defeat all designs of our enemies and make Pakistan a secure and affluent country no matter what the cost.”

Further, he emphasised the need for more proactive and coordinated role of all intelligence agencies to bring optimum effects to defeat all threats.

The premier also lauded the efforts and achievements of ISI in countering terrorists’ attempts and paid rich tributes to the officers and men of the agency who have laid their lives in the line of duty.

“We are proud of our premier intelligence agency and they deserve due recognition and acknowledgement,” PM Nawaz said.

DG ISI Rizwan Akhtar briefed the meeting regarding the external security situation of the country and the ongoing counter-terrorism operations.

“Recent ongoing successful intelligence based operations (IBOs) and number of terrorists attempts averted in near past and terrorists networks busted across the country as a result thereof were discussed,” according to ISPR.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Special Advisers to PM on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi were present at the meeting.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Raj
    May 30, 2015 - 4:15PM

    Why don’t Pakistanis counter terrorism with terrorism. Recommend

  • rama
    May 30, 2015 - 4:42PM

    I still believe India will not do that. But Pakistan should realize how using the non-state actor for the regional hegemony, can pose challenge to the civilized society and how it can drain the economic resources of the country. India was leaving with this challenges from 1980, first Kalistan terrorist, then 1990 onward Kashimiri separatist and so on. Learn from this pain and stop supporting the non-actor in the regionRecommend

  • shahid
    May 30, 2015 - 5:10PM

    Just thinking hamaray badshah kay cheeni aur steel kay karobar ka kea banay ga?Recommend

  • May 30, 2015 - 5:15PM

    koi kam to huwa ni abi tak nekamRecommend

  • ziddi
    May 30, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Day by day situation is becoming fluid inside Pakistan.Instead of analyzing the situation correctly and applying correction accordingly,they believe that India is behind all the ills affecting It.It is reminiscent to the situation before 1971 war when India was blamed for everything that gone wrong in East Pakistan.Pakistan has remained too much focused on India and proxies that it neglected its developmental work.After watching Pakistan’s condition due to involvement and use of proxies for certain strategic gains,no wise country will follow in same footstep.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    May 30, 2015 - 5:19PM

    The cost of rearing snakes will be unbearable for Pakistan in longer run. Wait and watch.Recommend

  • CH
    May 30, 2015 - 5:19PM

    India should be ready to bear appropriate response. India is well aware of the expertise of our premium intelligence agency, ISI .Recommend

  • SGJ007
    May 30, 2015 - 5:20PM

    The sitting arrangement is very interesting , clearly showing who is ” THE BOSS ”.Recommend

  • Syed
    May 30, 2015 - 5:26PM

    @Raj, that’s not what Islam teaches :)Recommend

  • Balaji
    May 30, 2015 - 5:30PM

    Indians will be paid in the same coin, they so very much loveRecommend

  • ghazal
    May 30, 2015 - 5:52PM

    wait for 4 days , connection to south punjab/ haquanni network or lone wolf act will come out, as was the case of safoora goth. RAW is getting credit for no reason. Recommend

  • Zen
    May 30, 2015 - 7:19PM


    The only expertise ISI is rearing snakes which has come back haunting Pakistan good.
    Your expertise ISI will be singing the same tune.. India, India.Recommend

  • sargodha786
    May 30, 2015 - 7:58PM

    The expertise of ISI in international terrorism is well recognized by the international community.Recommend

  • sargodha786
    May 30, 2015 - 7:59PM

    It is the other way round.Recommend

  • sargodha786
    May 30, 2015 - 8:03PM

    Instead, Pakistan has been using terrorism as a state policy against India. Pakistan never shied away from claiming anti-India terror outfits as its national ‘strategic Assets’.Recommend

  • Menon
    May 30, 2015 - 8:27PM

    Every single problem Pakistan has is to the existence of India, Israel and USA.

    Pakistan problems is due to

    An autocratic military without civilian control
    Autocratic military set foreign relations strategy
    Systemic corruption
    Crumbling civilian administration
    Increasing foreign debt
    Minuscule growth
    Corrupt and inept political parties
    Lunatics political leaders

    In essence, none of the problems are created by any outsider but by Pakistan’s lunatic leaders in the past and now.Recommend

  • Paranoid Pakis
    May 30, 2015 - 8:40PM

    Someone tell Modi to quickly send Nawaz a box of Alphonso mangoes.Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    May 30, 2015 - 8:48PM

    There are basic faults within our system of intelligence and governance:-DG ISPR read please
    1. People who heads int setups are majority not qualified.
    2. There is no concept/set up of think tanks and psychological warfare in both army/civil
    3. Poor discipline and corruption on all entry/exist points ie sea,airports and boarders
    4. Islamabad works under foreign influence.Power corridor players are the spoilers.
    5. Dirty and sponsored democratic elite/bearuecrates(POOR COUNTER INTELLIGENCE)
    6. Worst quality of education in our country and self discipline .
    Better find solution for the above rather blaming others,they have all right to intrude. Recommend

  • proPak
    May 30, 2015 - 9:01PM

    India will get the response very soon.As far as strategic assets are concerned, no one in the world can match ISI.The only problem we face after Mumbai type blitzkrieg is the international pressure due to waste Indian propaganda machinery.Any how, its been a long wait till then.Its time to pay Raw in its own coin.Recommend

    May 30, 2015 - 9:03PM

    @CH: WE very well know what your ISI and the country is good at.You did not realize that India had only been reactive.You have construed that using a terrorist against terrorist as against PAKISTAN. And rightly so, as this is the truth.If this statement from the Indian defense minister can compel you to huddle , that is good news for us.We have heard and endured far worser plans such as ‘ bleed by 1000 cuts’ and ‘1000 year war’.Know who is stronger.Recommend

  • ahmed wani
    May 30, 2015 - 9:17PM

    We Indians thank pakistan from the core of our heart for proving that RAW is the most effective agency working for India in Pakistan and pakistani agency is good for nothing…so one more area is developing in indiaRecommend

  • citizenpak
    May 30, 2015 - 9:37PM

    Internal security using intelligence sharing border areas watch tribal areas intelligence setup and database of all vulnerable areas should be checked each dayRecommend

  • cautious
    May 30, 2015 - 9:47PM

    In other news Afghanistan is still asking Pakistan to honor it’s word and cutoff funding and sanctuary for Afghan Taliban. Despite all the rhetoric Pakistan is mired in the same old issues – terrorism, false promises and blaming others.Recommend

  • Zak
    May 30, 2015 - 9:47PM

    If ISI is tackling everything then why don’t they take over Nawaz who is actually funding terrorism in PakistanRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 30, 2015 - 9:48PM

    Everyone knows very clearly that the statements from India meant that India can fight Pakistan based and Pakistan supported terrorists with Pakistan based and Pakistan supported terrorists themselves. India never said that they shall, they only said that they can and have the capability to do so. What is wrong in fighting Pakistani terrorists using the same Pakistani terrorists?

    In fact, Pakistan’s army and ISPR has boasted many times that they have broken talibans and terrorists into many groups and are eliminating them by making the groups fight amongst themselves, which is precisely what India may do, if required. Pakistan should, in fact, welcome and support this. Every country is doing it and they are holding meetings with different groups separately.Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    May 30, 2015 - 10:03PM

    Now the ball is in india’s court Therefore,they winging and coming over to deny their terrorist killer PM’s real thoughts and actions against Pakistan. What a pity,a few months ago these paid agents of indian government were lecturing us about the changes in responses against Pakistan from their terrorist led government.But now when their own ministers are caught threating with terrorism acts against Pakistan.They are red faces show they are in panic. Their government was crying wolf,wolf against Pakistan,while using terrorist themselves to distabalise our country.Shame on them for trying childish attitude now. Recommend

  • karma
    May 30, 2015 - 10:15PM

    Syed: What does Islam teach? A rose for an eye? Recommend

  • May 31, 2015 - 12:29AM

    pakistan will always blame India for their own mistakes…….. they will never grow up……pakistan will learn a lesson eventually by their own mistakesRecommend

  • May 31, 2015 - 12:29AM

    pakistan will always blame India for their own mistakes…….. they will never grow up……pakistan will learn a lesson eventually by their own mistakesRecommend

  • kksr
    May 31, 2015 - 1:24AM

    PM “paying” a visit to ISI HQ is interesting. In every democratic country, the chief of intelligence and army would rush to meet with elected leader. But in Pakistan, it is other way around.Recommend

  • ajeet
    May 31, 2015 - 2:33AM

    So many meat eaters are scared of one vegetarian.Recommend

  • Ram
    May 31, 2015 - 3:06AM

    Ball in Pak court now.Recommend

  • Hugh Slaman
    May 31, 2015 - 3:07AM

    Those problems would be a lot easier to fix if it were not for India’s intelligence agencies meddling in the country.
    India has to try to make Pakistan fail, as that is the only way to undermine Kashmiris’ loyalty to Pakistan, and make them quietly submit to the Indian Union. Recommend

  • May 31, 2015 - 4:03AM

    Both countries should stop this conflict for the sake of people at both side. Common people at both sides like each other. Its just states who are running the business.Recommend

  • Brar
    May 31, 2015 - 5:09AM

    Have you ever heard a Prime Minister going to meet the Army Chief this happens in Pakistan only which shows who enjoys more power.Govt under the control of Army not Army under Govt control.Recommend

  • usman777
    May 31, 2015 - 5:39AM

    Dear ET, is there a reason why Indians allowed to use the derogatory term “Pakis”? Why censor pakistani comments but allow Indian insults?Recommend

  • Indian Muslim
    May 31, 2015 - 6:47AM

    Sir, don’t expect roses when you throw stones at your neighbors.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    May 31, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Nawaz taking aim at indian leadership !!!!


    He would never do that

    He took his businessman son to india
    at people’s expenses and took him to
    indian businessmen’s homes

    Why would he jeopardize his son’s
    business prospects with indians !!!Recommend

  • V. C. Bhutani
    May 31, 2015 - 12:09PM

    We in India should stop expressing our regret at statements of this kind now put out at the highest level in Pakistan. When Pakistan started using terror as an instrument of its policy by using it in Kashmir and other parts of India from 1990 onwards, lots of people in India said that Pakistan was riding a tiger and that the test would come when Pakistan tried to dismount the tiger. That moment has come. Now, Pakistan is discovering that its terrorists are taking a toll on Pakistan itself. It is hardly surprising if other spy agencies are taking a hand in the game and making things uglier for Pakistan. In a way, Pakistan has to thank itself for showing the way to foreign agencies. With all its other faults and failings, the present Indian government cannot be faulted for its strong ultra-nationalist moorings which it wears on its sleeves. It may be expected that the Indian defence minister will make good on his assurance of using terrorists to fight terrorists – because they are mercenaries and can be hired by anyone who is willing to pay. Perhaps the answer lies in building a China Wall all along the India–Pakistan border to ensure that no infiltration takes place on land or on sea. Pakistan will not cease its efforts to launch terrorist operations in India. Let us hope the present Indian government will act in a properly self-respecting way and not merely mobilize the army on Pakistan’s borders and then order it back to barracks after some time. We cannot hope for good relations with Pakistan under any conditions: we should prepare for a life of deliberate non-relationship and cease efforts towards so-called better relations and good neighbourly relations. Pakistan has had its origin in anti-Indianism and it has had its being also in anti-Indianism in all the years since its birth. Their youngsters are taught from early years in school and madrassa the whole philosophy of anti-Indianism. Pakistanis grow up to become India-haters. We should reciprocate the compliment. V. C. Bhutani, DelhiRecommend

  • kksr
    Jun 3, 2015 - 9:24AM

    Raj is talking about what Islamabad practices, not what Islam preaches.Recommend

  • kksr
    Jun 3, 2015 - 9:29AM

    Can u tell me what business that Nawaz does with India? Even if he does business, how can it be evil?Recommend

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