Pakistan ‘violated’ the agreement made with Vajpayee in 1999: Nawaz Sharif

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Addressing the general council of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after being elected president, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday admitted that Islamabad had “violated” the agreement signed with India by him and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999.

Lahore: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday admitted that Islamabad had “violated” the agreement signed with India in 1999 by him and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said this in an apparent reference to the Kargil attack by General Pervez Musharraf. Addressing the general council of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after being elected president of the party, Sharif said, “On May 28, 1998, Pakistan conducted five nuclear tests. After that Vajpayee sahab came here and signed an agreement with us. But, we violated that agreement… it was our mistake.”

Sharif and Vajpayee signed the Lahore Agreement here on February 21, 1999. The agreement, which spoke of a vision of peace and stability between the two countries, marked a major breakthrough but a few months later Pakistani intrusion into the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir led to the Kargil war. “President Bill Clinton offered five billion US dollars to stop Pakistan from conducting nuclear tests but I refused. If a person like (former Prime Minister) Imran Khan was in my seat, he would have accepted Clinton’s offer,” Sharif said as Pakistan celebrated the 26th anniversary of its nuclear test.

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