Nawaz Sharif's Remarks on 26/11 Proves Our Stand, Says Sitharaman

15 May, 2018, 22:31 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Nawaz Sharif's 26/11 remarks create stir in Pakistan

In an an exclusive interview with Dawn on Friday, Sharif also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack trial.

"The PML-N would like to set the record straight on the interview of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif carried yesterday by Dawn", he said in a statement issued here.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Senator Sherry Rehman said that Sharif has endorsed the anti-Pakistan narrative of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to his controversial statement about the Mumbai terror attacks. "Explain it to me", he asked, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists. "Why can't we complete the trial". "Nawaz Sharif's remarks that militants in Pakistan were behind Mumbai terror tack are out of context and far from truth".

"The statement of Nawaz Sharif has been grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media", a statement from an unnamed PML-N spokesperson said on Sunday.

"NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister (Shahid Khaqan Abbasi) to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident".

"Kasab was hanged in such haste, so that the Mumbai attacks could be used as a tool for Pakistan bashing across the world on political basis", he said.

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"(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".

The comments from Sharif, who was dismissed as prime minister by the Supreme Court in July over corruption allegations, riled political opponents and the military, although senior Pakistani officials have made similar comments in the past. Sharif continued, referencing the stalled prosecutorial process involving the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists involved in the attacks.

India's foreign ministry is yet to respond but defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman described Sharif's comments as a "serious disclosure".

After the meeting, Prime Minister Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed to him the concerns of the military leadership over his remarks regarding the Mumbai attacks. Sharif has also said that the trial in Pakistan of those accused in the attack is being deliberately delayed.

He expressed full support for Mr Sharif and said the entire party, including party president Shehbaz Sharif, stands with him. He said that despite making sacrifices (in the fight against terrorism) Pakistan had "isolated" itself and that its views were not being accepted internationally, while that of Afghanistan were.

"Indian media is giving the issue a different hue, and we should not be a part of it", Abbasi said. In October 2016, the relationship took a serious dip after Sharif asked the military to taker a strong stand on the militants or risk facing an worldwide isolation.

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