Pak's top leadership condemns Sharif's remarks on 26/11

Leslie Hanson
May 15, 2018

"Both of them claimed that Nawaz Sharif has not issued any statement against the country; rather he was misquoted by the Indian media", he said.

Some MPAs even demanded that a treason case be registered against Nawaz and called him a traitor.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday, ruffled more than a few feathers when he openly acknowledged that militant organisations operative in Pakistan, crossed the border to "kill" people in Mumbai, in an apparent reference to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

"This is something that then UPA Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government had categorically stated before the entire world community which led to definite sanctions against Pakistan", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected Monday's statement of the National Security Council (NSC) which had condemned the former premier's controversial remarks on the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Sharif's comments have stirred a controversy in Pakistan, prompting the National Security Committee to call a high-level meeting.

"(NSC) observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities".

Sharif's embattled PML-N party, facing a number of desertions and corruption charges against its senior leadership, will take on the PTI, PPP and others in a general election in July.

Yet, those close to Nawaz Sharif suggested the timing of his remarks deliberately coincided with the election, coming before a caretaker setup is finalized, so as to summon global watchdogs and prevent the Army from rigging the election.

Opposition leader Imran Khan demanded that Sharif be put on trial. "Instructions should be given to register a treason case against him", it said.

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half its history, denies any interference in civilian politics.

The prime minister asserted that Nawaz Sharif's statement did not aim to hold Pakistan responsible for the 26/11 attacks.

"They made the city no-go area and Liaquatabad which is their stronghold in past, depicts the real picture of their development projects as no development works were carried out there", she said.

Some Western powers and India have accused the military of supporting Islamist groups for use as tools in achieving foreign policy objectives, but the military denies that.

Responding to a question that Mr Sharif had sought formation of commission on the issue of his interview and if he was found guilty he should be hanged, the PTI chief said: "I am afraid this may come true". He said there should only be one constitutional government.

"According to Pakistani authorities, including the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), India did not cooperate in two separate investigations into the attacks simultaneously initiated in India and Pakistan and hushed up the case to hide facts", he added. Explain it to me. "Why can't we complete the trial?", Sharif said, according to Dawn. "During the meeting we made a resolve that Pakistan's soil will not be allowed to be used for terrorism", he said, adding: "I am not here to clarify Nawaz's position, the objective of this media talk is to clear the air of confusion". "Despite our 50,000 sacrifices [of lives], why is the world not paying heed to our narrative?"

Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was also mentioned as a respondent in the petition apart from Sharif, the Express Tribune reported.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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