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Dictatorship destroying Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif

Last Updated: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 19:55

Lahore: Blaming dictatorship in Pakistan for
destroying the country, former premier Nawaz Sharif on Saturday
warned elements conspiring against democracy that his party
will not allow anyone to send Parliament packing.

"I want to tell you today that no one will be allowed to
break Parliament, the courts and the constitution," Sharif
told a gathering of engineering students here, underlining
that dictatorships had destroyed Pakistan.

The remarks of the PML-N chief were an apparent response
to rumours and speculation about the ouster of the civilian
government over differences with the powerful military on the
"Memogate" scandal.

The government and the Army are divided over the handling
of the investigation into the alleged memo that sought US help
to stave off a possible coup in Pakistan after the killing of
Osama bin Laden in May.

On Thursday, Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani warned
that "conspiracies" are being hatched to "pack up" his

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani yesterday dispelled
speculation of a military takeover, saying it was a bogey to
divert attention from "real issues".

Sharif, whose elected government was removed in a coup
led by the then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999, said
Pakistan was lagging behind other South Asian countries,
especially India and Sri Lanka, because of frequent military

He recalled his good relations with the then Indian Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and claimed they had come close
to resolving the Kashmir issue.

"Vajpayee sahab and I had decided to solve all
outstanding issues, including Kashmir," he said.


First Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 19:55

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