Nawaz Sharif doubles down on his call for 'accountability'

"I want to know why my govts were overthrown in 1993 and 1999. Was it because we opposed the Kargil War," Nawaz asks

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Saturday, December 09, 2023
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif (right) and President Shehbaz Sharif speaking during a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, December 9, 2023. — Screengrab/X/pmln_org


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif on Saturday renewed the call for holding those accountable who ousted him when he was the prime minister.

"The country was thriving from 2013 to 2017 and the economy was better, however, good people were thrown out and Pakistan was handed to clumsy people," said the PML-N supremo while addressing the party's parliamentary board meeting in Lahore.

This is the second time in two days that the PML-N leader has called for the accountability of those behind his ouster since he returned to the country in October after a four-year self-imposed exile in London.

A day earlier, while speaking to the PML-N ticket aspirants, he had blamed former generals and judges for lodging false cases against him and ruining the country.

Nawaz started the address today by saying that even though he was out of sight, but was still very close to the party members by heart, adding that he always remembered his friends and companions.

"During our time, the economy was better and development was at its peak. We still pray that the country is steered out ofdifficulties," said the PML-N supremo.

He said that thecountry was progressing in all aspects during his tenure, however, the nation has seen a difficult time in the last four years. "There were some elements who halted the country from thriving," he added.

The three-time prime minister said that thenation needs to realise that economic destruction started in 2019 and by 2022, everything in the country had collapsed. "If Shehbaz Sharif hadn't taken over, the country would have defaulted."

Recalling his 2013 election campaign, he said that he was asked [by the party leaders] to assure the nation that loadshedding would end in six months, however, he refused to lie.

"I said I wouldn't say anything that might damage my reputation. I had said in the election campaign that loadshedding will end within five years as I don't want to cheat the nation," he said.

Nawaz said that the PML-N always performed well but was always ousted from power. "I want to know why my governments were overthrown in 1993 and 1999. Was it because we opposed the Kargil War," he questioned.

"When it comes to our country, we do not back down. And today, no one has the courage to attack Pakistan [because of nuclear arsenal]," said Nawaz. "We have performed on economic, defence, and foreign fronts."

The PML-N supremo said that during his time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Pakistan, stressing the need to fix relations with neighbouring nations including India and Afghanistan.

He also said that Pakistan needs to improve its relations with Iran and China.

Nawaz further said that his party is giving tickets for the upcoming general elections — set to take place on February 8 next year — to work for the development of the country.