Pakistan cannot afford another martial law

Nawaz SharifLAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Thursday urged the nation to say no to martial law as Pakistan was not in a position to afford another one given the critical circumstances besieging the country on both internal and external fronts.

“People should not welcome martial law and the PML-N will keep playing its role in fostering democracy, strengthening institutions and national integrity,” Nawaz told a delegation of senior journalists, columnists, editor and writers including Munnoo Bhai, Arif Nizami, Anwar Qadwai, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Sohail Waraich, Rehmat Ali Razi, Bedar Bakhat, Abdul Qadir and Khawar Naeem Hashmi at Attaul Haq Qasmi’s residence on Thursday.

Nawaz prayed for the prompt recovery of President Asif Ali Zardari who was under treatment in Dubai, saying Pakistan always topped when it came to spreading disinformation around the world.He commended the government on suspending the NATO supply lines, getting Shamsi Airbase vacated and declining to attend the Bonn Conference in reaction to a NATO attack on army checkposts.Nawaz said the NATO was an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty, adding that such brazen violence should never be repeated.

“Pakistan is an ally of the US and Washington should respect its sovereignty,” he added. However, he added that supply to NATO should not be allowed to resume unless NATO apologised.To a query, Nawaz justified his step of moving the Supreme Court on the memo scandal saying the move would help expose those responsible for the controversy.The PML-N chief said the government had lost credibility to rule the country due to rampant corruption, lawlessness, inflation and crisis, reiterating that the PML-N’s movement against the government was for the fortification of democracy. – PT