Now, Nawaz warns against impending threat of Taliban to Pak’s existenceApril 21st, 2009 - 3:49 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, Apr.21 (ANI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that following forcing the Government to give in to its demand to implement Islamic law in the Swat Valley, the Taliban is now aiming to establish its writ over other parts of the country too.
In an interview with USA Today here, Sharif expressed concern over the precarious situation emerging out from the deal inked between the Government and the Taliban.
“They are now threatening to get out of Swat and take other areas into their custody. So we’ve got to avoid that situation,” Sharif told USA Today.
He stressed that any deal with the insurgents must include a pledge on the part of the militants that ‘democracy will not be allowed to deteriorate, and the writ of the government will be honored’ in all circumstances.
Sharif, who took to streets against the Zardari regime and led scores of protestors urging them to initiate a revolution to topple the government, however, backed from his stance saying disputes should be resolved in Parliament, not on the streets.
“This country cannot afford any confrontation. We’re not going to put our country in jeopardy power. Grabbing power at any cost is not our motto,” Sharif said, adding “Our motto is to get the country back on the rails of democracy, strengthen institutions like the judiciary and media and take necessary steps to prevent anybody from abrogating or suspending the constitution.”
He urged the political leaders of the country to set aside their differences in order to work together to thwart the challenges posed by the Taliban.
“This country is facing huge, huge problems, internal, external. It’s very important that democracy deliver,” Sharif added. (ANI)
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