Former Pakistani FM calls for halt to U.S missile strikes


Islamabad : Pakistan former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday asked the visiting U.S senator Sen. John McCain to stop missile strikes in the countries tribal region.

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Sen. John McCain, who lost to Barak Obama in the Presidential elections, arrived in Islamabad on Friday to discuss bilateral matters and to reduce tension between Pakistan and India.

Sen. John McCain met Mr Sharif in Lahore and also called on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

“Nawaz Sharif called for halt to the U.S. air strikes in the tribal area,” Ahsan Iqbal, the spokesman for Sharifs’ Muslim League-N party told a press briefing after the meeting.

“Both sides agreed that tension is not in favour of Pakistan and India and also not for the world peace,” Iqbal said.

He said that the chief of PML-N suggested to the U.S. senator to hold talks with the tribesmen instead of using force against them.

Ahsan Iqbal said that Nawaz Sharif sought the interference of U.S.

administration in defusing the tension between India and Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal said that there was a consensus between both the leaders to defuse the tension between India and Pakistan as war would be destructive for the whole region.

Meanwhile Nawaz Sharif Saturday accused the government for pursuing all policies of former President Pervez Musharraf contrary to the mandate of the people in February elections.

“I am upset on the continuation of Musharraf government’s policies. There is no change at all, ” Sharif told a news conference at his residence “Dreams of the masses about a change could not be accomplished,” he said.

He said the government has also failed to implement the last month unanimous resolution of the joint sitting of the parliament to pursue dialogue to resolve the problems in the tribal regions.

“The government should have taken advantage of the unanimity in the parliament. A unanimous resolution was adopted but has not yet been implemented. It has disappointed us and the whole nation”.

“We had set aside politics and supported the government to resolve the people problems”.

He said the issue of tribal areas is the nation’s issue and should be given importance.