Nawaz Sharif's Statement About Mumbai Attack Was "Misreported": Pak PM

Nawaz Sharif's Statement About Mumbai Attack Was

Nawaz Sharif's Statement About Mumbai Attack Was "Misreported": Pak PM

The country has been facing an uncertain political situation since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's statement on 2008 Mumbai attacks. "We strongly believe that the handlers of the attack were in Pakistan", Sitharaman told the reporters.

The statement said Pakistan continues to await cooperation from India regarding the arrest of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and the Samjhauta Express attack. "We must look into it", he said before speaking on the Mumbai attack. "President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it", Mr Sharif said.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the prime minister said: "Some parts of the statement attributed to Nawaz Sharif are not true".

"The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", it added.

In its meeting, the NSC ignored Nawaz Sharif's charge against the army.

Talking to ANI, Ramdev even said that the time has come for India to take back Pakistan occupied Kashmir from their possession of the neighbouring country and help Balochistan to attain freedom.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the former Interior Minister, did not endorse Sharif's statement.

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He added that this would lead to imposition of sanctions - both civil, military and economic - on Pakistan.

The Prime Minister Office, however, opted to stay silent as there was no announcement from the government side regarding the convening of the NSC meeting.

However, local news channels criticized him for going against the earlier NSC statement and creating further ambiguity. Samaa TV, however, claimed on its website to have run the presser.

Sharif was slammed after last week's Dawn interview in which he had stated that "militant organisations were active in Pakistan and "such terror strikes (26/11) could have been prevented". Explain it to me", he had said, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists. Sharif's admission that militants carried out a mayhem in India and Pakistan's inability to complete the trial opened the floodgates as the Indian establishment and media jumped onto the stage to pick up the issue. "Why didn't Nawaz Sharif also say that Pakistan tried (very) hard to cooperate with India in the Mumbai trials", she continued.

Pakistani newspaper Dawn published an interview with the country's former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday that has stirred up a firestorm in the country.

"They believe that announcement by the ISPR chief through social media indicated that the military authorities have made a decision to seriously take up the issue and that they want Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's stance over the matter", the daily said.

The PML-N leader was questioning why the trial into the Mumbai attacks was stalled at a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

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