PML-N pulls out of troubling Siachen withdrawal position


After facing strong criticism from various quarters, including mainstream political parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday backtracked from its earlier stance in which its president Nawaz Sharif had proposed the unilateral withdrawal of Pakistani troops from Siachen.
“We have never asked for a unilateral withdrawal of troops from Siachen,” Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday in response to a question at a press conference he jointly addressed with Nawaz Sharif.
Nisar blamed a section of the press for “misquoting” Nawaz’s statement. “What he (Nawaz) said was that Pakistan should lead dialogue with India over the Siachen issue,” he added.
Replying to another query on a recent statement by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Nisar said: “There is no doubt that Imran Khan is a poor fellow and cannot afford a visit of Giyari to express solidarity with soldiers trapped under a gigantic avalanche. Khan can use private jets owned by several members of his party for foreign and domestic visits, but cannot go to Giyari.”
Addressing the press conference, Nawaz said the past mistakes of both Pakistan and India and their attitude towards each other, had proved to be a stumbling block in the dialogue over Siachen.
When asked about the PML-N’s plans for forcing the government for early elections, Nawaz said that his party was performing its “due role”, but added that the coalition partners of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) “should also think about the country”. “The government’s allies are equally responsible for the current state of affairs in the country,” he said.
Earlier in the day while addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at Convention Centre, Nawaz said the past PML-N governments had not been allowed to complete the tenure. “We (PML-N) were never allowed to work for more than two years,” he added. He told the students to use their votes “carefully”, saying that “some people” had disguised themselves and were talking about a revolution.


  1. Mr. Nisar,I have a perfect alibi for your defence of Mr Nawaz Sherif,s statement regarding
    Siachin. Why don,t you just say that the latter was disoriented due to high altitude sickness–period. After descending he realised his mistake and asked you to carry the can. Does that make sense?

  2. No one is in a mood for political martyrdom…

    Zardari was a chickened. Kyani had the composure but still guarded. So, why would Nawaz stick his neck out? Gilani never would play a forward position. Rest of the crowds are just lambs…

    The only remaining prospect I am watching (god help us hold our male pride) is Hina Rabbbani Khar …

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