Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nawaz Sharif is Sworn In as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

Nawaz Sharif was sworn in today as Pakistan’s prime minister after his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party won a majority of seats in the national assembly. In his maiden speech as premier, Sharif called on the U.S. to stop carrying out drone strikes on Pakistani soil.  

“We respect the sovereignty of others, but others don't respect our sovereignty. These daily drone attacks must stop,” Nawaz Sharif said in his maiden address to the 342-member National Assembly. (NBC News, 5 June)

Sharif’s senior advisor said building good relations with the U.S. based on mutual respect and interest will be a top priority for him. “We will try to convince the U.S. that drones are doing no good to promote dialogue,” the advisor added.

Sharif, embarking on an unprecedented third term as prime minister, was first elected in 1990 but was forced to resign in 1993 over differences with the president. He was elected again in 1997, but his government was overthrown by Gen. Pervez Musharraf in October 1999.

File photo: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (AP)


Anonymous said...

Another loss for the deadbeat US as Pakistan will get more anti-American, if you can believe it, since according to the PEW global image polls, over 90% of the Pakistanis hate the US anyway, and now it will only get worse for the US in the region from Syria to Af-pak. US has to be the biggest nation of imbeciles in the world who have let hubris and Zionist delusions destroy them in a mere 65 years.

Nader Uskowi said...

Nawaz Sharif’s premiership will actually bring a sense of purpose to the government. The former government was at times looked oblivious to its environment, both externally and within the Pakistan. They looked more interested in solidifying the personal positions, including financial positions. Now the country has a strong government that can actually negotiate a lasting deal with the U.S. on many issues, including the drones. U.S. and Pakistan share important interests, chief among them the situation in Afghanistan after Karzai and U.S. withdrawal. I believe Sharif can and will be a strong partner for the West on a range of foreign policy issues, Afghanistan including.