Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he was ousted from the government by (late) General Pervez Musharraf in 1999 for speaking out against the Kargil misadventure and stressed the importance of good relations with India and other neighbors.
The three-time prime minister questioned why he was prematurely ousted from the premiership.
“I should be told why I was overthrown in 1993 and 1999. When I opposed the Kargil plan and said it should not happen… I was overthrown (by General Pervez Musharraf). And later what I said turned out to be correct,” Mr Sharif said here while speaking to his party’s candidates for upcoming elections.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader said that he had presented as prime minister on all three occasions but he was sent away and he did not know why.
“I want to know every time why I was kicked out,” he asked.
Mr. Sharif also spoke about the visit of two Indian Prime Ministers to Pakistan when he was the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
“We delivered in every respect. During my tenure as Prime Minister, two Indian Prime Ministers visited Pakistan. Modi Sahab and Vajpayee Sahab had come to Lahore,” the former prime minister said, highlighting improved relations with India and other neighboring countries.
“We must improve our relations with India, Afghanistan and Iran. We need to strengthen relations with China,” Mr Sharif said.
He regretted that Pakistan had lagged behind its neighbors in developing economic growth.
Mr Sharif criticized jailed former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party leader Imran Khan, saying he did not know why an inexperienced man was given the reins of the country.
“During the government of Imran Khan (2018-2202), the economy witnessed a decline. Then the Shehbaz Sharif government took power in April 2022 and saved the country from default.” Mr Sharif reiterated his call for accountability to former military generals and judges for ruining the country by overthrowing his government in 2017.
“Those who brought this country to this level should be held accountable because patriotic people cannot do this to their country,” he said.
On Friday, Mr Sharif had said: “We don’t want to come to power to drive around in luxury cars, but we want those who ruined this country and made false accusations against us to be held accountable.”
A month before his return to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in the UK, Mr Sharif had indicated that he would bring with him former army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, former ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hamid and former Pakistan Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, and Asif Saeed Khosa for their crime of overthrowing his government and causing economic disaster.
Mr Sharif is holding daily meetings to allocate party tickets for parliamentary elections on February 8 next year.
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