Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Nawaz says Mumbai attacks statement was misreported, PM tells journalists

Nawaz says Mumbai attacks statement was misreported, PM tells journalists

For the first time, Sharif also questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai, according to a media report.

"I am not here to clarify Nawaz's position, the objective of this presser is to clear the air of confusion", said the prime minister.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that former premier Nawaz Sharif clarified that his recent statement regarding the Mumbai attacks was misreported by the media. On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists had sailed into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks in different parts of the city, killing about 166 people and injuring over 600 others. "Why can't we complete the trial".

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Since being ousted by the Supreme Court last July, Sharif and his supporters have repeatedly suggested they are the victims of a conspiracy driven by the military and the courts to damage their party. "President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it", Sharif said.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said that Nawaz Sharif's statement has damaged Kashmir cause and restrictions could also be imposed on Pakistan.

"What have I said in the interview that was wrong?" he responded to reporters earlier in the day, when asked if he stood by the statement. "We must look into it", he said during an exclusive interview with Dawn News. "They believe that announcement by the ISPR chief through social media indicated that the military authorities have made a decision to seriously take up the issue and that they want Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's stance over the matter", the daily said.

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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.

"We need to understand the ongoing dynamics and should support our armed forces shoulder to shoulder", he added stressing that an global conspiracy to isolate Pakistan is being hatched.

Efforts by Pakistan to put on trial those India says are responsible for the Mumbai attack have stalled, while Saeed operates largely freely in Pakistan. Despite making sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. The story of Afghanistan was accepted, but not ours. The army has consistently denied supporting terrorists, though in the past some Pakistani officials have admitted to alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks. What is new is that Nawaz Sharif has fired a salvo at Pakistan's armed forces that actually control the reins of power in that country.

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Dawn quoted Sharif saying that Pakistan had become "isolated" as the world refuses to believe the nation is serious about battling terrorism, despite the government and army continually pointing to the thousands of military and civilian casualties sustained fighting domestic insurgent groups.

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