Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif rejects NSC statement, reiterates stance on 2008 Mumbai terror attack

Pakistan’s deposed Prime Minister and PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif today “rejected” the statement issued Monday by his country’s National Security Committee’s (NSC), terming it “painful and regrettable”.

He assailed the NSC’s statement while speaking to reporters at the accountability court today.

Dawn reported that Nawaz stuck to his stance on the remarks regarding the Mumbai attacks made during an exclusive interview with the newspaper published on Saturday in which he had 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?”

The NSC, after a meeting yesterday, had issued a statement saying: “The participants 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 participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions.”

22nd Meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Council held at the residence of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday morning

Soon after the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a press conference had clarified that the NSC had in fact condemned “misreporting” and not his party’s supreme leader’s statement.

Nawaz rejected the NSC statement on Tuesday, describing it as “painful and regrettable”, and said that it was “not based on facts”.

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.

On Monday, several senators on both sides of the aisle had fired a broadside at Nawaz for his recent statement about the Mumbai attacks, 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 a thrice-elected prime minister.

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