Sharif's Mumbai attack statement 'incorrect, misleading': Pakistan civil-military brass

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This is, of course, not new, for there have been earlier reports of the Chinese being uneasy with Pakistan's support to foreign oriented terrorist groups.

The former prime minister wondered why there was no accountability of generals who overthrew democratically-elected governments and undermined the constitution of the country while politicians who worked for Pakistan and its people were labelled as traitors.

In the 'Dawn' interview, Sharif also lamented that Pakistan had isolated itself.

He elaborated and said media in India took a "line or two" from the interview and misrepresented it out of context.

"The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", the NSC said.

If durable peace is to be restored between India and Pakistan, it is vital that the Pakistani civilian administration be clothed with authority in the true sense to negotiate peace.

Though the hypothesis of the controversial book was made highly redundant when David Headley testified corroborating the role of the Pakistani State in perpetrating the Mumbai attacks. This has become a "core impediment in the finalisation of the trial".

The NSC said that India on a number of occasions refused to extend cooperation.

He further said that the NSC did not condemn Nawaz, but the incorrect reporting of the former prime minister's interview. This is in line with his combative mood.

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Political analyst Qamar Cheema told Arab News: "There is deep divide between the establishment and Nawaz Sharif and to damage the establishment Nawaz tried to give an impression that non-state actors are still being used by the Pakistani establishment as state policy".

Expressing fears about the security of Sharif following his interview, Nusrat demanded the global community to exert pressure on authorities in Pakistan to take every possible precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the former Pakistani prime minister.

Nawaz Sharif is also going to address election meetings where his combative stance will continue.

"Will speak the truth come what may", he said.

Imran Khan said that whole PML-N is a gang of crooks, this mafia has entangled the country in their vicious traps of corruption and nepotism. Opposition parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), launched a broadside against him, calling him a "security threat".

Pakistan is expected to go to the polls in the next few months.

Following the meeting, PM Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed the army's concerns to him. It is incumbent upon the Congress and the Samajwadi Party to show these leaders their place and tender a collective apology, much like what was done to Mani Shankar Aiyar.

With Sharif's remarks gaining traction in India, the NSC sought to turn tables and blamed the government over delay in conclusion of the 26/11 case. India should not play into the army's hand by drowning out the charges levelled by Nawaz Sharif on its interference in Pakistan's politics.

Sharif did not name Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's terror outfits - Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad - but said: "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan".

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