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Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan ‘violated’ settlement with India signed by him and Vajpayee in 1999


In this Feb. 20, 1999 file photograph, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, receives Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the Wagah border close to Lahore, Pakistan.
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Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif on May 28 admitted that Islamabad had “violated” an settlement with India signed by him and ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, in an obvious reference to the Kargil intrusion by Gen Pervez Musharraf.

“On May 28, 1998, Pakistan carried out five nuclear tests. After that Vajpayee Saheb came here and made an agreement with us. But we violated that agreement…it was our fault,” Mr. Sharif advised a gathering of the PML-N basic council that elected him president of the ruling occasion six years after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court.

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Mr. Sharif and Vajpayee signed the Lahore Declaration on February 21, 1999, after a historic summit. The settlement that talked a few imaginative and prescient of peace and stability between the 2 international locations signalled a significant breakthrough, however a couple of months later Pakistani intrusion within the Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir led to the Kargil War.

“President Bill Clinton had offered Pakistan $5 billion to stop it from carrying out nuclear tests but I refused. Had [former prime minister] Imran Khan like a person been on my seat he would have accepted Clinton’s offer,” Mr. Sharif mentioned on a day when Pakistan marked the twenty sixth anniversary of its first nuclear assessments.

Mr. Sharif (74) talked about how he was faraway from the workplace of the prime minister in 2017 on a false case by then chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar. He mentioned all circumstances towards him had been false whereas the circumstances towards Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder chief Imran Khan had been true.

He additionally talked in regards to the position of former ISI chief Gen Zahirul Islam in toppling his authorities in 2017 to deliver Imran Khan into energy. He requested Imran Khan to disclaim that he was not launched by the ISI.

“I ask Imran not to blame us [of being patronised by the army] and tell whether Gen Islam had talked about bringing the PTI into power,” he mentioned and added Khan would sit on the toes of the navy institution.

The three-time premier talked about receiving a message from Gen Islam to resign from the workplace of Prime Minister [in 2014]. “When I refused, he threatened to make an example of me,” he mentioned.

Mr. Sharif additionally praised his youthful brother Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for standing by his facet by way of thick and skinny. “Efforts were made to create differences between us but Shehbaz remained loyal to me. Even Shehbaz was asked to become PM in the past and leave me but he declined,” he mentioned.

Mr. Sharif mentioned after assuming the workplace of the PML-N President he would renew efforts to strengthen the occasion.

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