Pakistan calls Nawaz Sharif’s Mumbai attacks remark ‘false, misleading’

+100%-

New Delhi, May 14: Pakistan has rejected its former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s comments on the 2008 Mumbai attacks and termed it “completely false and misleading”, the Geo TV reported.
The National Security Committee (NSC) of Pakistan met on Monday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to discuss Sharif’s “misleading media statement”, the news channel reported.
“It was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities,” said a statement released by Abbasi’s office after the meeting.
Sharif, for the first time, publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai.
“Militant organisations are active in Pakistan. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” he had told Dawn newspaper.
It is being seen as an admission of Pakistan’s involvement in the terrorist attack in 2008.
However, on Sunday, his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) issued a clarification stating that Nawaz’s remarks were “grossly misinterpreted by Indian media”.
Facing backlash and ire from international and local media, the NSC meet was called. Top military leaders, the acting foreign minister, chiefs of the navy and air force and other top civil officials of the government attended the meeting at Abbasi’s house.
The participants of the Committee “condemned the fallacious assertions”.
Ten Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists had sailed from Karachi to Mumbai in November 2008 and carried out coordinated attacks, killing 166 people and injuring over 300.
Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence.
Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawah’s Hafiz Saeed was named as the mastermind in the case.
However, the case is now in its 10th year, and Pakistan is yet to punish any of the suspects.
Nawaz Sharif defends remarks over Mumbai attack
Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday defended his recent remarks about the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, saying he will speak the truth no matter what the consequences are.
Sharif, for the first time, publicly acknowledged in an interview that terrorist organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai.
Sharif’s comments have stirred a controversy in Pakistan, prompting the country’s National Security Committee (NSC) to call a high-level meeting and reject the statement as incorrect and misleading, also saying that it was unfortunate and regrettable that concrete evidence and facts were ignored in the ousted Pakistan PM’s statement. (Agencies)