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'Vajpayee and Modi sahab came to Pakistan in my tenure. We must improve ties...': Nawaz Sharif I VIDEO

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader, Nawaz said that on all three occasions being the premier he was improving ties with India but he was sent packing and that he did not know why.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Islamabad Published on: December 10, 2023 11:30 IST
PM Narendra Modi shaking hands with the then Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Islamabad
Image Source : AP/FILE PM Narendra Modi shaking hands with the then Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Islamabad in 2014.

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he was ousted from the government in 1999 by (late) General Pervez Musharraf for opposing the Kargil misadventure, as he underlined the importance of having good relations with India and other neighbours. The three-time prime minister questioned why he was ousted from the office of the prime minister prematurely.

"I should be told why I was ousted in 1993 and 1999. When I opposed the Kargil plan saying it should not happen...I was ousted (by Gen Pervez Musharraf). And later, what I said proved right, "Sharif said here while talking to the aspirants of his party tickets for upcoming polls."

Vajpayee and Modi Sahab came to Pakistan...: Nawaz

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader said that on all three occasions being the premier he was delivering but he was sent packing and that he did not know why. "I want to know why I was ousted every time," he asked.

Sharif also talked about the visit of two Indian prime ministers to Pakistan only when he was the prime minister of Pakistan.

"We have delivered on every front. During my tenure as PM, two Indian prime ministers visited Pakistan. Modi sahab and Vajpayee sahab had come to Lahore," the former prime minister said, stressing improved relations with India and other neighbouring countries.

Pakistan should improve ties with India: Nawaz Sharif 

"We will have to improve our relations with India, Afghanistan, and Iran. We need to make more stronger relations with China," Sharif said.

He regretted that Pakistan lagged behind its neighbours in economic growth development.

Lashing out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party's jailed former chairman Imran Khan, Sharif said he did not know why an inexperienced man was given the reins of the country. "The economy witnessed a downfall during Imran Khan's government (2018-2202). Then the Shehbaz Sharif government took over in April 2022 and rescued the country from default." Sharif reiterated his demand for accountability of former military generals and judges for ruining the country by ousting his government in 2017.

"Those who brought this country to this level should be made accountable as patriotic people can't do this to their country," he said. On Friday, Sharif had said: "We do not want to come into power to roam around in luxury cars but we want accountability of those (who) ruined this country and made false cases against us."

A month before his return to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in the UK, Sharif had hinted at bringing former army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former ISI head Lt-Gen Faiz Hamid, and former chief justices of Pakistan Saqib Nisar and Asif Saeed Khosa for their crime of ousting his government and causing economic disaster.

Sharif is holding meetings daily to award party tickets for the February 8 general elections next year.

(With inputs from agency)

Also Read: Pakistan: Major relief for ex-PM Nawaz Sharif as Islamabad HC acquits him in Avenfield corruption case

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