Indian rhetoric has destroyed hopes for reconciliation: Nawaz

Published: June 11, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Lamenting recent ‘irresponsible’ statements by Indian government officials, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday the atmosphere for relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours has been hampered due to the hostile rhetoric. 

“Recent statements by Indian ministers have hampered our relations with India,” the premier said, while addressing journalists at the Foreign Office.

Nawaz upheld, “Despite these statements we will continue our efforts towards good neighbourly relations but they need to be reciprocated.”

“The entire nation is dismayed over these irresponsible and imprudent statements by the Indian leadership,” Nawaz added.

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The premier’s statement come during a time of constant verbal exchange between the two countries. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore warned that Indian strikes in Myanmar were a message to all countries, including Pakistan and groups harbouring ‘terror intent’ that India would strike at the ‘place and at a time’ of its choosing.

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However, Nawaz reaffirmed, “Pakistan will protect its territory at all costs and this message should be heard loud and clear.”

“Externally sponsored violence poses as a great threat to the country,” he added.

Regarding his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his visit to Tajikistan, Nawaz said, “I told the UN secretary general that early implementation of their resolutions is incumbent.”

“Kashmir cannot be relegated to backburner of history,” he added.

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Commenting on relations with its other neighbor, Afghanistan, Nawaz said, “Pakistan and Afghanistan have moved closer as we resolved to fight together our common enemy, terrorism.”

Further, apprising the meeting of the China, Pakistan Economic Corridor, Nawaz said, “The project will make Pakistan a regional hub.”

“CPEC is a game changer,” he added.

The premier said this is not a time for complacency but for intensifying our efforts.”

Gwadar to be declared duty-free port: Nawaz 

Earlier today, PM Nawaz announced that Gwadar would be declared a duty-free port.

“Gwadar should be a gift for the entire region,” he said, while addressing the National Assembly.

The premier went on to say that although he has not formally approached any party for the change in status for Gwadar, he does intend on doing it.

“I request all parties to sit with us and give Gwadar the status of a free port and make a new administrative system for it,” he said.

Regarding his recent visit to Tajikistan, Prime Minister Nawaz said, “In my recent meetings with leaders of Tajikistan, they expressed their desire to increase connectivity between the two countries and pave a way to Central Asia through Gwadar.”

“Over Rs30 billion have already been allocated for western root under Pakistan-China economic corridor,” the premier told lawmakers.

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Responding to criticism from the opposition, the premier said, “Our government made a coastal highway in Gwadar and it was us who started work there.”

He went on to assure motorways would be built in Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. “Motorways are being constructed across the country.”

Responding to points raised by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Nawab Ali Wassan in his budget speech, the premier said, “The work on Hyderabad-Karachi section of Lahore-Karachi Motorway has begun,” while adding that work in the Hyderabad-Sukkur section will also be completed soon.

“In K-P, work on the Hazara Motorway is progressing rapidly,” he said, adding the PML-N government is working on these projects as a national duty and expressed confidence that these projects would be completed during the next three years.

Hitting back at Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah for claiming that motorway projects should have been completed in 1990, the premier said, “In 1993, our government was dissolved and in 1997, we decided to make the motorway till Karachi again but were unable to.”

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Meanwhile, the prime minister also said, “It will take three more years to end load shedding in the country.”

“Work on multi-billions projects to produce over 5000MW of electricity is rapidly progressing.”

Further, the premier said two new projects are being started in Thar, which will each produce 650MW of electricity.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Saad
    Jun 11, 2015 - 2:19PM

    Good publicity for now, later you can start bombarding it with taxes like ‘internet tax’ and 0.6% banking taxRecommend

  • Josh
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:09PM

    Stop dreaming and get real, Mr PM.
    People have no security – from law enforcement agencies to ordinary citizens up and down the country, no electricity and even water supply becoming scarce resource – not to mention the badly needed reform in education, madrassah, taxation and heath.
    All yet we have a Government showing us the gloss of metro bus and promises of an economic corridor. None of that can change Pakistan and the later may not even happen with Pakistan’s poor track record of security and delivery of projects.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:15PM

    This is a Gift from Late Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan who bought it from Oman when he was President of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hero
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:19PM

    Only publicity. He does not commented a single sentence on issue with india. Coward PM.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:30PM

    As it is Pakistan is a tax free country for anybody desirous for tax evasion by just bribing FBR. There is nothing to worry about, just avoid confronting establishment, accommodate politicians, and keep few media icons on your payrolls and you can be portrayed as a bigger philanthropist than even Edhi.Recommend

  • waqas
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:37PM

    first health, then education and after that we have to go for infrastructure development. Pity the nation where poor in govt. hospitals are being treated, that is, lying on dirty floors with no doctors, with no medicine, no facilities at all — whereas rich of the nation enjoys their journey in air-conditioned SUV on motorways.

    Please prioritize health over infrastructure development.Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:47PM

    This is a good step if Gwadar Port needs to succeed, especially the upcoming Chabahar Port of Iran and the gulf ports. It’s time Pakistan exploit its strategic port location and economic advantage. Recommend

  • abreez
    Jun 11, 2015 - 3:53PM

    On 8 September 1958, Pakistan purchased the Gwadar enclave from Oman for $1 million and then Feroz Khan Noon (16 December 1957 – 7 October 1958) was prime minister of Pakistan. House of Boney’s gifts for Pakistani people are Bangladesh, Mullah Mafia, Drug Mafia, and War for $3 trillion trade, etc., etc.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 11, 2015 - 5:30PM

    @Pakistan: Your information regarding Gwader and President Ayub Khan is incorrect. Pakistan got possession of Gwader from Muscat on September 8, 1958, whereas Ayub Khan came into power on Oct 27, 1958. Although Ayub Khan was very powerful before becoming President of Pakistan but he had nothing to do with possession of Gwader. President Ayub Khan is remembered as President who sold three rivers to India, lost war of 1965, selling us to USA, had given us Bhutto and abrogating his own constitution. Recommend

  • concerned
    Jun 11, 2015 - 5:39PM

    good initiative

    need to improve security aswellRecommend

  • Hero
    Jun 11, 2015 - 5:47PM

    @Pakistan and all : Gawadar was a gift from Prince Karin Agha Khan to Pakistan. It was the part of Oman and he bought it from them for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shakil
    Jun 11, 2015 - 5:57PM

    @Ch Allah Daad

    Can you explain who brought MR Sharif into political scene? remind me wonder they were not Generals?Recommend

  • Ch. Maula Dad
    Jun 11, 2015 - 6:01PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    “President Ayub Khan is remembered as President who sold three rivers to India, lost war of 1965, selling us to USA, had given us Bhutto and abrogating his own constitution.”

    You seem to have very sharp memory. Care telling us what Zia gave. Here are a few things I could remember. Heroin, Kalashnikov, sectarianism, religious bigotry, corruption, demise of law and order, lost Siachen to India, gave us Shora League and Noora League, and lets not talk about the constitution. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jun 11, 2015 - 6:05PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Guys, Gwadar was bought by Aga Khan from Oman, everyone knows that!

  • Lolz
    Jun 11, 2015 - 6:10PM

    ..”the prime minister also said, “It will take three more years to end load shedding in the country.” What a management of resources I must say, they will end the load-shedding just before the end of their 5 years term, LOLZ!Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Jun 11, 2015 - 7:40PM

    There will be reconciliation once Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir is vacated.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jun 11, 2015 - 8:55PM

    What has hampered your relations with India and Afghanistan is your stubborn refusal to desist from using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. That manifests itself in your not prosecuting known terrorists and in not shutting down of terror camps.
    Pakistani leadership, military and civilian, needs to get this clear once and for all- Unless the planners and perpetrators of Mumbai terrorist attack are brought to justice, there cannot be any meaningful dialogue with Pakistan. Period.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jun 11, 2015 - 9:24PM

    nawaz sharif took his son to india on public expense

    in india he took him to indian businessmen’s houses for his business

    nawaz never utters a word against india and even when very much

    cpmpelled to use softest of terms. We do not want a prime minister

    of Pakistan who prefers his and his family’s business interests

    in india over this country’s interests which he and his

    family have been looting for decades nowRecommend

  • Timorlane
    Jun 11, 2015 - 9:24PM

    nawaz is india’s man in Pakistan Prime Minister House Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Jun 12, 2015 - 12:34AM

    Mr.Sharif took good initiative to set the peace process rolling. There is no doubt about it. Disappointed to see India took off in a tangential way.Recommend

  • madhu
    Jun 12, 2015 - 2:08AM

    instead of pretending to be friends- let india/Pakistan break/suspend all ties- stop visas , travel etc between each country- no trade, no over-flights- let us ignore each other, that is the best thing when we cannot agree on even one thing- Indians will specially welcome this after 26/11Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 12, 2015 - 10:15AM

    Just like Pakistanis we think he is lameduck PM who boasts but doesnt do anything. Irony is e accuses India for destroying atmosphere. What did India say, that it will strike back,such a big word,when all countries do that, not just India, and that Pak creates nuisance. What big deal about all India’s statements. I now know what Pakistan is.The level of hatred within them. They can real work killing Indians but we cant utter few statements.LOL . If Pak expects India be dumb, dumber , its better we dont want any relation. what has he dont on groung to improve situation that he is boasting of for India? Pak always believes in good and bad terrorists. There is no change in mindset. What did he do that India should praise him?Recommend

    Jun 12, 2015 - 4:47PM

    Can Gawadur Police be appointed on merit and performance. Do not make them like Punjab police or Karachi police. Maybe in a democracy that is too much to expect.Recommend

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