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Nawaz Sharif habitual of maligning Pakistan army: Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is habitual of maligning the Pakistan Army whenever he is out of power.

“So it seems to be habitual with Nawaz Sharif to malign the Pakistan Army every time he is out of power. He did the same in 1994,” he wrote on social media site Twitter.

Imran referred to an interview Nawaz Sharif gave to the US-based newspaper Washington Post in September 1994, when he was ousted from power and was an opposition leader during the second stint of prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

In the controversial interview, Nawaz Sharif had leveled serious allegations against the army accusing it of heroin trafficking to pay for covert military operations in early 1991. However, Nawaz had refused to provide any further details or evidence to verify his claims.

Nawaz Sharif is currently in hot waters once again after an interview in leading English daily over the Mubai attacks, in which he blamed militants from Pakistan responsible, and asked why their trial has been stalled in the country.

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The statement is seen as confession by India, while the national and security apparatus have strongly condemned it. The National Security Committee in a meeting convened over the issue termed the statement as “incorrect and misleading.”

Imran Khan has previously said that Nawaz Sharif made the statement to appease the international establishment to rescue him after he was ousted from power.

He said that India had rejoiced at the statement aimed to hurt the sanctity of the armed forces of Pakistan. He said that India had greatly benefitted from Nawaz Sharif’ statement.

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