LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Nawaz Sharif on Friday told US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson that the time had come for the US to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Olson and Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal met Nawaz Sharif separately in Raiwind. Oslon congratulated Nawaz on the success of his party in the May 11 general elections and said that it was a positive sign for democracy in Pakistan. He said the US wanted to strengthen its ties with Pakistan and was willing to help Pakistan overcome the energy crisis.
Earlier, Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal called on Nawaz Sharif. He told Mr Sharat that Pakistan wanted to resolve all outstanding issues with India on the basis of equality through dialogue.
Online adds: During a meeting with the US envoy, the PML-N chief said Pakistan offered more sacrifices than others in the war on terror. Therefore, the sacrifices of Pakistanis should be respected in the world. He said the Pakistani nation wants trade, not aid, from America. He said the Pak-US relations should be based on equality and the US should respect the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, German Ambassador to Pakistan Cyrill Nunn met Shahbaz Sharif in Raiwind. Shahbaz, who is the PML-N’s central leader, has been nominated for chief minister’s slot in Punjab.
Muhammad Anis from Islamabad adds: Meanwhile, talking to newsmen in Islamabad, PML-N Central Secretary Information Mushahidullah Khan said the PML-N government would focus on solution to problems being faced by the country and masses instead of indulging in traditional practice of doling out pelf and power.
He said, “Addressing vital issues of energy crisis, unemployment, poverty, and putting the economy on strong footings stand among some of the top priorities of the PML-N.” The PML-N central information secretary said the N-League government would start short- and long- term plans and projects to address these problems and come upto the expectations of the people who have given mandate to the party to serve them.
Mushahidullah said the immediate task of the government would be to solve problems in the shortest possible time instead of pleasing its partners and party members through distribution of ministries and portfolios. “The PML-N leadership will select responsible and capable people for ministries and big organisations and there will be no compromise in this regard,” he said.
He said the party was happy to note that its coalition partners were ready to support the coming government in the better national interests. “We are negotiating with our coalition partners on the national agenda and national priorities,” he said.
He also said there would also be no compromise on re-structuring of government organisations, and appointment of heads of such organisations would be made on merit, capability and on the basis of experience.The PML-N leader maintained that the party leadership had the vision, commitment and clear agenda to serve the country and the people.