Govt compromising Pak`s defence, dignity: Sharif

Sharif claimed Husain Haqqani had written a memo to Mike Mullen, seeking help to rein in the Pakistani military.

Updated: Nov 20, 2011, 23:07 PM IST

Lahore: Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Sunday
criticised the Pakistan government`s handling of crucial
issues like the US raid against Osama bin Laden and a secret
memo purportedly seeking American help to prevent a military
takeover, saying the ruling party was compromising the
country`s defence and dignity.

Addressing a gathering of tens of thousands of workers of
his PML-N party at Faisalabad, about 130-km from Lahore,
Sharif slammed the ruling Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) for
compromising the country`s defence and dignity.

He also attacked cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, which has been garnering
support across Punjab province.

"There is an attack on Abbottabad and they were all
shaking in their boots," Sharif said, referring to the US
military raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in
the northern garrison town.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani described the covert
operation as a "great victory" while President Asif Ali
Zardari wrote articles in American newspapers lauding it, he
said.

In a reference to the "Memogate" controversy that has
shaken up the country`s political and diplomatic circles,
Sharif claimed Pakistani envoy Husain Haqqani had written a
memorandum to former US military chief Mike Mullen, seeking
help to rein in the Pakistani military.

"Zardari`s envoy is asking the US to control the
Pakistani military when we should resolve our own problems,"
he said, as his supporters shouted slogans like "Go Zardari
Go".

He demanded that the government should launch a probe
into the controversial memo within two days and complete it in
nine days, failing which the PML-N would approach the Supreme
Court to investigate the matter.

PTI