Media 'grossly misinterpreted' 26/11 remarks: Sharif

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

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.

Pakistan continues to await cooperation from India regarding the arrest of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and the Samjhauta Express attack, the statement said.

Pakistan's top civil and military leaders on Monday condemned a suggestion by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Islamist militants who killed 166 people in India in 2008 had crossed the border from Pakistan.

To a question at a press conference here, Ms. Sitharaman said, "It is very serious disclosure. It is about time to put an end to this insane adventurism and start spending money on projects that actually serve common Pakistanis, such as education, health and human development", he added.

Sharif's remarks, however, have further inflamed civil-military relations.

To a query on Karnataka exit polls, she said the BJP would form the government in the State.

The statement was a rare rebuke of Sharif by a government run by his own party, highlighting political tension in the run-up to a general election expected in July.

In a new twist, Sharif reportedly told Abbasi that he did not make comments on Pakistan's role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and said he was "misquoted". It put up a united front and "unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions".

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The Congress today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if his government would take action to ensure that Pakistan was declared a "terrorist state" by the global community, following former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharifs admission on the 26/11 terror attacks.

"Besides many other refusals (by India) during the investigation, the denial of access to the principal accused, Ajmal Kasab, and his extraordinarily hurried execution became the core impediment in the finalization of the trial (here in Pakistan)", the statement said. Explain it to me.

Following its publication, Pakistan's powerful army announced the meeting of the National Security Council - which consists of top military brass and key cabinet ministers - to discuss Sharif's comments.

The likes of Sharif will come and go but the army will call the shots and it is silly to live under illusions that peace is possible with the Pakistan Army pulling the strings.

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".

During the meeting that lasted almost 30 minutes, Sharif reiterated his stance and questioned if anyone could explain what was wrong with his comments. The hard reality is that while he was aware of the conspiracy behind the attacks, he made no efforts for completion of 26/11-related cases in Pakistan during his tenure later as Prime Minister.

"If you suggest the [government] "allowed" any action against another country then [you are] suggesting official complicity", said PPP Senator Sherry Rehman.

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