ASHGABAT: In a relatively confident tone, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday gave an impression that he would not resign, come what may, as he did not win the election to resign, just because a political party was demanding it.
The premier, who is in Turkmenistan on an official visit, said his government never complained about vote riggings in the past and even when elections were held during the caretaker government of former president Pervez Musharraf, who led a coup against PM Sharif, his party participated in it and never challenged the results.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) never worked to derail the democratic system in the country, claimed PM Sharif.
“I have been told to resign on several occasions, but we didn’t win the election to resign,” he clarified with reference to the infamous Panama Papers Leaks case in which the opposition parties particularly Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) have been asking him to resign since names of children appeared in the global offshore companies scandal.
The prime minister said he was disappointed to see that some of the political parties in the country were exercising a politics of the 90s.
He said that due to PTI’s negative politics in the country, instead of moving forward and progressing, Pakistan would be left behind on the global front.
PM Sharif said that he wanted to work with all political parties in the country for the sake of promoting democracy and expect a similar gesture from others.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also met Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Friday and discussed matters of bilateral interests including Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India (TAPI) gas pipeline and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).