Herald: Sharif rejects NSC’s condemnation of his Mumbai attack remarks
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Sharif rejects NSC’s condemnation of his Mumbai attack remarks

16 May 2018 04:16am IST
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16 May 2018 04:16am IST

PTI, ISLAMABAD: An unfazed Nawaz Sharif today rejected Pakistan's top civil and military leadership condemning his controversial remarks on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack with the ousted prime minister demanding the formation of a national commission to find out who committed treason.

The National Security Committee (NSC) which met yesterday had condemned the "fallacious" statement by Sharif about the  Mumbai terror attack and termed it as "incorrect and misleading".

Sharif dropped bombshell in an interview with Dawn newspaper on Friday when he said: "Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial?"

His comments triggered a controversy, prompting the National Security Committee (NSC) - Pakistan's top civil-military body - to call a high-level meeting.

Presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the meeting was attended by top Cabinet ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Hayat, the three services chiefs, the director generals of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence.

After the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed to him the concerns of the military leadership over his remarks regarding the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani media had reported yesterday.

Talking to reporters at the Accountability Court hearing corruption cases against him and his family, Nawaz, 68, said the NSC statement is "wrong, painful and frightening."

He reiterated his demand for the formation of a national commission to decide who committed treason and said that it would allow all facts to become clear. "A decision should be made about who is a patriot and who is a traitor," he added.

"We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country," he asserted.

"Pakistan is not becoming isolated, it is already isolated. Tell me which country stands with us, is there any?" he asked.

Later, speaking to the media while leaving the courtroom, Nawaz said the time has come to decide who is a patriot and who is a traitor. He was responding to being termed a traitor by political opponents.

He said further that he is not just a Pakistani citizen as the people elected him prime minister and he knows a lot of things.

Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had fired a broadside at Nawaz for statement about the Mumbai attack, with some going as far as demanding that the PML-N supremo be tried for high treason; that his name be placed on the Exit Control List, and a thorough investigation be undertaken to determine the reasons behind the statement made by three-time prime minister.

The former premier had made the call at a party rally in Buner last night, saying the guilty party, be it him for treason or those levelling allegations against him, should be publicly hanged following the commission's verdict.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abbasi today defended Sharif's remarks in the National Assembly, saying that the former prime minister's comments were "misreported" and "misinterpreted".

"Whatever was said during that interview and whatever was written by the reporter was misinterpreted by the Indian media in order to serve India's own purposes," he claimed.

He said that Pakistani media also interpreted the interview as the Indian media had done which led to a controversy.

Abbasi that it was the official policy that Pakistan would not allow any militant group to use its soil for militancy. 

Ten Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants from Pakistan killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November, 2008. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught. Kasab was executed after a court found him guilty and handed down the death sentence. 

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