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)