Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif says ‘Islamabad violated agreement with India in 1999’

Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif says ‘Islamabad violated agreement with India in 1999’

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif revealed that Pakistan violated a 1999 agreement with India during a PML-N meeting. He criticised Imran Khan and the military's involvement in his ouster.


Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on May 28 admitted that Islamabad ‘violated’ an agreement with India in 1999. 

He was speaking during a meeting of the PML-N general council, where he assumed the presidency of the ruling party, six years post his disqualification by the country’s Supreme Court.

Sharif said, “On May 28, 1998, Pakistan carried out five nuclear tests. After that Vajpayee Saheb came here and made an agreement with us. But we violated that agreement…it was our fault.”

Sharif was talking about the “Lahore Declaration,” which he and then-Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee signed on February 21, 1999, with the goal of fostering peace and stability between India and Pakistan. However, shortly after the signing, Pakistani troops infiltrated the Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the Kargil War.

During the PML-N general council meeting, Sharif asserted that he conducted nuclear tests despite facing pressure from the United States and subtly criticised former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“President Bill Clinton had offered Pakistan USD 5 billion to stop it from carrying out nuclear tests but I refused. Had (former prime minister) Imran Khan like a person been on my seat he would have accepted Clinton’s offer,” Sharif said on a day when Pakistan marked the 26th anniversary of its first nuclear tests.

Asserting that former ISI chief Gen Zahirul Islam had a hand in orchestrating the downfall of his government in 2017 to facilitate Imran Khan’s rise to power, Sharif said, “I ask Imran not to blame us (of being patronised by the army) and tell whether Gen Islam had talked about bringing the PTI into power.”

Furthermore, he added that Imran Khan would sit at the feet of the military establishment. 

He also alleged that the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar, ousted him from the Prime Minister’s office in 2017 on a false case.

Edited By: Avantika
Published On: May 29, 2024