Stay away from politics: Sharif tells Pak Army
Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2012, 22:28
Lahore: Pakistan's Army generals should refrain from meddling in politics as the country has suffered due to their interference in the past, main opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said Monday.

"We think it is not proper when generals get involved in politics because the country has suffered the consequences in the past," the former premier said while interacting with journalists after meeting the widow of an Army officer here.

The image and prestige of the Army will be strengthened if it confines itself to its responsibilities, including the defence of the country, he said.

Sharif said if his government had not been deposed by the military in 1999, extremism and terrorism would not have increased.

The toppling of the democratic government triggered terrorism, he said.

Sharif pointed out there were no suicide attacks in Pakistan in 1997, when he was in power. Sharif refused to respond to questions on whether Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who is set to retire on March 18, should be given an extension.

He said only a political party that is committed to the country would be able to overcome the challenges facing Pakistan.

"When there is commitment to the country and an honest, competent and capable leadership that is aware of the country's sovereignty... that party can get Pakistan out of its problems," he said.


First Published: Monday, March 05, 2012, 22:28

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