Lahore: Prime Minister of Pakistan designate and chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has supported negotiations with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Addressing a congregation of newly elected lawmakers on PML-N ticket, Mian Nawaz Sharif said that Taliban offer for negotiations should be taken seriously. He also mentioned about innocent lives lost as result of terrorist attacks in the country.
“We have lost several lives, our economy is deteriorating… If Taliban offers us an option to have dialogue, we should take it seriously. Why can’t we talk to the Taliban to make our country peaceful?”
Mian Nawaz Sharif has served as Prime Minister of Pakistan twice but his government could not complete its constitutional term on both occasions. His last day as premier of Pakistan was 12th October 1999 when former military dictator threw out the government after a successful coup and arrested key government figures. Mian Nawaz Sharif then struck a deal with the help of his international friends and opted exile over jail. He returned to Pakistan just before 2008 elections on intervention of his international friends. His party remained in power in Punjab and in opposition at the center. In 2013 elections, PML-N has emerged as single largest party and is in condition to form the government at center and in Punjab conveniently.
Mian Nawaz Sharif has emerged as a much groomed person before taking office for the third time. Addressing the parliamentary party meeting in Lahore he said that the practice of toppling governments through street protests should be over now.
Mian Nawaz Sharif also took the opportunity to extend his full cooperation to provincial governments of Sindh and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa where his opponents have mandate to form governments
“We will help the provincial governments in whatever way, but then there should be an end to the ongoing violence,” Nawaz Sharif said