Islamabad (October 12, 2018): Former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif on Friday has said that the lawyers have played a vital role in strengthening democracy in the country.
Talking to the leaders of PML-N lawyers’ wing in the courtroom, the deposed prime minister said that lawyers have sacrificed a lot for the restoration of democracy and its strengthening in the country.
Former prime minister avoided to answer the question of journalists about General Musharraf, who toppled his government on the same very today in 1999.
It may be recalled that, on October 12, 1999, it took then army chief General Pervez Musharraf just 17 hours to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and replace him with himself over charges of plane hijacking.Events began when Gen Musharraf, on a visit to Sri Lanka, received a word that Nawaz and intelligence chief General Ziauddin, who met in Islamabad, were to move against him that very day.
In response, Gen Musharraf raced to Colombo airport boarding a Pakistan International Airlines flight to Karachi.
As troops poured onto the streets of the capital, the 111 Brigade stormed the state television station in Islamabad and shut down the signal.Then PM refused to resign or rescind his orders to sack the army chief of staff, so he was escorted from the building and placed in a guest house close to the airport.
Soldiers fanned out across the nation, taking control of administrative buildings in every province and placing Sharif loyalists and the cabinet under house arrest.But one man was still needed to complete the coup, and he was still in the air.
Gen Musharraf’s flight approached Karachi airport at about 1830. But air traffic control refused permission for the plane, holding some 200 passengers, to land, but later it was allowed to land at Karachi airport.