Nawaz Sharif’s Bold Admission: ‘We Shot Ourselves in the Foot,’ Blaming Pakistan’s Woes on the Army

Nawaz Sharif's Bold Admission

Nawaz Sharif’s Bold Admission: Tuesday, Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s former prime minister, said that the country’s problems were not caused by India or the US. Instead, he said, “we shot ourselves in the foot,” referring to the country’s problems in a roundabout way to the powerful military system.

The party leader, who wants to become prime minister for a record fourth time, talked to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates here. He said that he had been removed from power three times, in 1993, 1999, and 2017.

“Today where Pakistan has reached (in terms of the state of the economy) this is not done by India, the US or even Afghanistan. In fact, we shot ourselves in our own foot…they (a reference to the military) imposed a selected (government) on this nation by rigging the 2018 polls that led to the sufferings of the people and downfall of the economy,” Sharif said.

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Nawaz Sharif’s Bold Admission: ‘We Shot Ourselves in the Foot,’ Blaming Pakistan’s Woes on the Army

The 73-year-old leader slammed the judges for giving military rulers the right to rule.

“The judges garland them (military dictators) and legitimise their rule when they break the Constitution. When it comes to a prime minister the judges stamp his ouster. The judges also approve the act of dissolution of the parliament…why?” he asked.

The leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz slammed Gen. Faiz Hamid, who used to be head of the ISI, for helping to get rid of him in 2017.

“A case has been opened in the Supreme Court against those (Faiz Hamid and others) who had said that if Nawaz came out of jail their two-year hard work would be wasted,” he said.

The leader of the PML-N came back to Pakistan from London in October after a self-imposed four-year absence. He is the only figure in Pakistan who has been prime minister three times, which is a record.

Yesterday, Nawaz talked about how in 1999, “I was prime minister in the morning and a hijacker in the evening.” In the same way, I was removed from power in 2017 for not taking my son’s pay. “They (the military establishment) made this choice because they wanted to put their chosen man in charge,” he said, referring to Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The three-time former prime minister spoke to the country on TV last Thursday and said that top judges had to remove him from power because of pressure from the military establishment from 2014 to 2017.

“They (a reference to the military establishment) visited the residences of senior judges and threatened them. They achieved the required court verdicts against me through coercion,” he said.

Sharif was found not guilty in the corruption case at the Al-Azizia Steel Mill last week. He was found not guilty in the Avenfield graft case, where he was found guilty in July 2018 and given a ten-year prison term. He also got help in the Flagship case of cheating.

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