Drone attacks simply unacceptable: Nawaz

Updated Jun 08, 2013 11:18pm
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) listens to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle during a meeting at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. -AFP Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) listens to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle during a meeting at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. -AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday categorically said that the drone attacks must stop as they were violating the country's sovereignty and international laws.

“Drone attacks must stop. We have protested many a time. This is simply unacceptable,” he commented in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Dr Guldo Westerwelle who called on the prime minister along with a six-member delegation at the Prime Minister's House.

During the meeting, the German Foreign Minister discussed with Sharif bilateral relations as well as the prevailing regional situation.

He conveyed his best wishes and on behalf of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the prime minister.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan regarded Germany as a close friend and as the prime minister it would be his endeavor to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

He hoped that Pakistan would benefit from the technological advancement and economic development of Germany.

Power shortages and business investment

Dilating on the acute power shortage in the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government was working on a plan to overcome load shedding.

He invited the German investors to exploit this opportunity by investing in Pakistan's power sector.

He said Pakistan welcomed that German investors set up thermal power plants which could be run on coal and gas and offered to facilitate the setting up of their plants near coal mines in Pakistan.

The prime minister expressed hope that German investors should visit Pakistan to see the business climate and opportunities that Pakistan had to offer.

The German foreign minister informed the prime minister that his country's government was keen to send a business delegation to Pakistan and the German Ambassador in Pakistan would be facilitating the visit of this delegation comprising 60 German businessmen, which would be visiting Pakistan shortly.

Dr Westerwelle proposed that joint investment conference be held in Pakistan in which German and Pakistani investors should participate and share their knowledge and explore the prospects of investment in Pakistan.

He said Germany considered Pakistan as a country with great economic potential and proposed that the bilateral Chamber of Commerce presently functioning in Karachi be reactivated and upgraded to give further impetus to economic ties between the two countries.

The German foreign minister also assured Germany's continued support for Pakistan's efforts to get GSP Plus status in the European Union.

The prime minister thanked Westerwelle for the initiatives taken by Germany for deepening of Pak-German relations.

“There is a positive sentiment in the Pakistani business community which looks towards my government for good economic policies and encouraging the business sector,” the Prime Minister observed.

Recalling his previous tenures as the prime minister, he listed privatisation of banks and major industries in the public sector as factors which restored confidence of the business community.

As a result of economic reforms carried out by his government in the 1990s, the growth rate of Pakistan had reached seven per cent, he recalled.

Nawaz Sharif said, “We have a tough situation at hand but we have the team and the determination to turn around the economy”.

Afghanistan

The German foreign minister apprised the prime minister that he was coming from Kabul where he had meetings with President Karzai.

He conveyed the good wishes of Karzai and sought assessment of the regional situation.

The prime minister said President Karzai had phoned to congratulate him on his assumption of the office of the prime minister and also extended an invitation to visit Afghanistan.

Nawaz Sharif said that he had the opportunity of meeting President Karzai as leader of the opposition during the last few years.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan wanted to expand cooperation with Afghanistan and support the Afghan nation.

He said that there had to be a multi-pronged policy to tackle the situation in Afghanistan.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan was ready to facilitate the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan and hoped that the Afghan army and security forces would be able to manage the situation after the withdrawal of coalition troops from the country.


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nooffence7
Jun 09, 2013 12:25am

Slaves never have any sovereinty. Even chinese are coming to pakistan in the disguise of helping friend but they indeed are friend of none. They will gradually colonise Pakistan as Pakistan is extremely weak finacialy and ethnicaly. A confused Pakistan sees more common with alien China rather than their naturally parent country India. Such a tendency of a country certainly lead to enslavement.

MSA
Jun 09, 2013 01:23am

Nawaz must stop making off-the-cuff statements regarding power shortage. There must be a plan to solve this problem. What is that plan? People like to know how you are going to do it. Lots of people understand this - I do.

iqbal
Jun 09, 2013 02:02am

Lets see the walk now and enough with the talk. Take action...shoot the drones. That will stop the drones flights into Pakistan and Pakistani military and politicians will learn to live within the means. Do not take bribes from USA or any other country and allowing them to violate Pakistan.

malick
Jun 09, 2013 02:56am

My PM is doing the best to bring the foreign investors, but foreign investors think that Pakistani Awam burn their own properties, own investment like buses, buildings and banks who is going to safe guard the foreign investors investment. Secondly PM, President and many others have their investment out of Pakistan like PM in Saudia, President in Dubai etc in this situation who will invest in Pakistan. Mr PM and Mr President bring your own money first no matter half than call foreigners.

Joseph Wilfred Lobo
Jun 09, 2013 07:25am

Good news that Pakistan under Mr.nawaz Sharif is seeking co-operation from industrial countries to develop the infrastructures in Pakistan. Besides Germany, Malayasia,Japan,Singapore and China Pakistan should reach out to any country and work with them to overcome the energy sector. Pakistan is blessed with plenty of natural resources. They should be wisely used to propel Pakistan forward, Good luck to the new government !

SKChadha
Jun 09, 2013 09:54am

It is not clear as to why so much fuss is created about Drones and there is stoic silence about Pak Jets pondering bombs on innocent civilian population in Khurram Agency. The attacks are killing thousands and making lakhs as Internally Displaced Persons?

kashif
Jun 09, 2013 11:10am

KM
Jun 09, 2013 04:40pm

@kashif: Than there will be more discussions and no solution. Also, I agree with the fact that drone are not just a solution either. Well if I look into the capability of drones they have taken some major target also, with many civilians life which is not a sad part.

I apologize deeply if this statement heart some ones feeling, but Really is there any difference if afghan people get killed by drones or by there own people.

M Rafique
Jun 09, 2013 10:17pm

Drone attacks simply unacceptable: Are you sure Mr. Sharif

Pak Sar Zameen
Jun 09, 2013 11:37pm

Voicing your concern over the drones just isn't enough, Mr PM, we have one of the best army in the world, I am sure if you convince the Americans that you can handle the situation from home soil they'll stop. But the situation at the moment is, our army is engaged on the Eastern and Western borders; reshuffle them. Have a base is Waziristan, solely for a year, monitor activities and react, not necessarily through blood shed, get to the root of the problem. TTP's agenda, what is it? What are their demands, come to the table, discuss solutions, try to win the hearts, coz all that is done in the last decade is our Pakistanis have suffered alot, reconcile!!! Long story cut short, do your bit with all honesty, treating the FATA and Baluchistan region as Pakistan and not some forgotten land... I hope you bring us a Pakistan that can attract people from all over the world to see this diverse and talented nation. What a shame that we are a nuclear power but we don't have electricity, come on it's 2013! Think out of the box, please or else the media has done and is doing enough to show the world an ugly face of Pakistan... Have respect for one another! Bring common sense back! All the best PM saab!!

Raja
Jun 10, 2013 05:48am

Why so many Indians hang around here?

Raja
Jun 10, 2013 06:16am

@Joseph Wilfred Lobo: Now here is someone making positive comments other than bunch of Indians here. Thanks Joseph.