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Mumbai terror: Sharif fuels controversy

Mumbai terror: Sharif fuels controversy

 May 15, 2018

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday again stepped into the controversy regarding his media interview on the 26/11 Mumbai carnage.

Sharif rejected the statement of National Security Council which had condemned him. The NSC, which met under the chair of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday, had termed Sharif's statement as 'incorrect and misleading'. Talking to reporters here at the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him and his family, Sharif said the NSC statement was wrong, painful and frightening, adding that it was not based on facts.

"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," a statement issued by the PM Office had said. Following the NSC statement, the prime minister had clarified at a news conference that Sharif's remarks were misquoted in the media.

Sharif, a three-time premier, was said to have asserted that Pakistan had become isolated in the world and wondered if any country is standing with it.Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif should, Sharif had added, be asked what the world said about Pakistan when he used to go abroad to represent the nation.

''Form a national commission against me if I am a traitor,'' he said. The former Pakistan PM also reaffirmed his demand for the formation of a national commission to separate fact from fiction. Mr Sharif said the time had come to decide who is a patriot and who is a traitor. He was responding to being termed a traitor by political opponents.

Sharif added that he was not just a Pakistani citizen as the people had elected him prime minister and he knews a lot of things. The former Pakistan premier had made the call at a party rally in Buner on Monday night, saying the guilty party, be it him for treason or those levelling allegations against him, should be publicly hanged following the commission's verdict, leading daily 'The Dawn' reported.

In an interview to the newspaper published on May 12, Mr Sharif 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 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, led by Nawaz's brother Shahbaz Sharif, had stated that the Indian media had misreported the statement.

A party spokesman had said,"Unfortunately, a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement.''

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