Karachi: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that the nation must stop treating India as its biggest enemy.
Talking to journalists in Karachi, the former Pakistan prime minister called for a reappraisal of ties with New Delhi “if we want to go forward and progress.”
Talking about the United States’ ‘Operation Geronimo’ inside Pakistani territory, he said that if the government fixed responsibility for the incident and punished those found guilty, a message would go out to the world at large that the people of Pakistan would not brook another Abbottabad-like embarrassment.
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed on May 2 in a top-secret US unilateral military operation involving a small team of American Special Forces in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city.
Nawaz described the decision to set up an independent commission to investigate the Abbottabad fiasco as a first step to making parliament sovereign.
“We need structural changes and this inquiry has provided an opportunity to move forward and put the country on the right track, correct its direction by putting our house in order, establish the rule of law and bring all institutions under civilian control,” the Dawn quoted Nawaz, as saying.
In reply to a question, the PML-N chief said that he was unaware whether intelligence agencies had brought about the Pakistan People’s Party-Q League alliance.
Nawaz also demanded that the budget of the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) be placed before parliament for scrutiny in line with the practice in democracies.