Chandigarh, May 12
“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” — a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court” said the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif.
In an exclusive interview with Dawn newspaper ahead of his rally in Multan on Friday, the former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif said that “It’s absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for. President Putin has said it. President Xi has said it,” Mr Sharif said. “We could have already been at seven per cent growth (in GDP), but we are not.”
Unhappy with the present scenario prevailing in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif said that “The Constitution has to be supreme. There is no other way. Look, we put a dictator on trial; it had never been done before,” referring to retired Gen Pervez Musharraf.
“You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government: the constitutional one.” the former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif further added in a detailed interview done by Cyril Almeida and published today.
Although Nawaz Sharif denied that a third ouster from the premiership represented a failed approach on his part and suggested he had no regrets nor would he have to do anything differently if he returned to public office.
He also rejected speculation that he would consider a deal if offered to him, another stint in exile for avoiding a jail sentence, for example. “Why would I do it now after 66 appearances (before a NAB court)? We don’t even get an exemption,” to visit his wife, Kulsum Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment in the UK. “It’s not easy to stay away.”