Nawaz Sharif is someone I was beginning to think wasn’t as bad as I had previously assumed. I think I changed my opinion of him because of the compassion he showed over BB’s death. He went straight to the hospital she was in, and in his media statement, he had tears in his eyes. He has been speaking out against the terrorist and has vowed to fight the extremism that is plaguing our land. Apparently the US government is reaching out to him now. Actually, they don’t really have much of a choice do they? No other party can be trusted to rule in a “secular” manner. What disturbs me, however, is the following story that was printed in Daily Times today: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=200815\story_5-1-2008_pg7_8
This is a little too reminiscent of how he treated the media when he was Prime Minister. It’s terribly unethical, unprofessional, and frankly, stupid of him to do such a thing.
Sharif lost his temper and seized the tapes. This is not the Pakistan where media was suppressed the way he did it. He needs to realise and acknowledge that. He also needs to stop being so wishy-washy about his exile agreement. Him and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, need to get their stories straight. The journalists involved were told: “Ok pack up; this interview can’t be aired because you people have put tough questions and Nawaz has spoken harshly in answering your questions.” WTF?
If Sharif was in a temperamental mood and unprepared to answer the questions he was asked, he should not have agreed to the interview in the first place. He should have cancelled or consulted with his advisers. He needs to be able to answer the tough questions that are posed to him. He can no longer push them aside the way he did ten years ago. He should also see some of BB’s interviews. She knew how to answer any and all questions that were posed to her, no matter how difficult, or even insulting. This incident just proves that he really has no vision for this country and just wants to return to power. This is certainly no way for someone who wants to be the leader of a nation for the third time to behave. I really think this incident is not something to ignore. This probably reveals more about Sharif’s character than the press statements he issues.
We should never forget that Nawaz Sharif constantly tried to suppress the media during both his reigns. This is the man who had Najam Sethi kidnapped from his home in the middle of the night, traumatizing his children who were very young at that time, and locking his wife in the bathroom. Sethi’s disappearance was one of the most deplorable things he did. Once he had him in custody, he didn’t inform anyone of his whereabouts, leaving many wondering if he was dead. Sethi was released only after much international pressure. Apparently he did this because he objected to some critical statements Sethi made in India. He claimed it was “unpatriotic” to do so. He couldn’t take any criticism then and it seems he hasn’t learnt any tolerance even now. The question we need to ask is: can this man ever be trusted again? I truly don’t think so.