Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Former Pakistan PM reportedly admits country's role in 2008 Mumbai attacks

Former Pakistan PM reportedly admits country's role in 2008 Mumbai attacks

Nisar's comments came in the wake of a statement by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif who questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

India says Pakistan did not keep honour its commitment to a fair trial and sent the case to court without really investigating the conspiracy that led to the attacks.

"Why can't we complete the trial?" "President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it", Mr Sharif said.

The country's two main opposition parties - the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf of former cricket hero Imran Khan - have both criticized Sharif for his remarks, and questioned his own performance in tackling the issue during his time in office.

"Deposed PM is appealing to "international establishment" to save himself from going to jail", he said adding that it's evident that Dawn Leaks and recent statement of Nawaz Sharif is nothing but a vicious attempt to malign and denigrate armed forces of Pakistan.

The younger Sharif said "the state of Pakistan and all its institutions stand together in the global fight against terrorism". "We must look into it", Sharif had told Dawn newspaper in an interview.

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.

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Sharif, who was answering a question about his ouster, steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security by saying that Pakistan has isolated itself in global arena despite giving sacrifices in war on terror.

"The meeting unanimously termed remarks (by Sharif) incorrect and misleading", said a statement issued after the 22nd NSC meeting at the Prime Minister's House.

Nawaz said that we have separated ourselves.

The statement said that it was recalled during the meeting that the delay in conclusion of the Mumbai attack case was caused by India, not Pakistan. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

Nawaz Sharif also said that Pakistan could have achieved 7% growth but did not do so. They reveal that while both countries are publicly acknowledging that Pakistan is acting against terrorism - and China is going the full distance by preventing the United Nations listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an worldwide terrorist - both countries, in private and at the highest levels, are asking Pakistan to stop supporting terrorist groups acting outside the country.

She also claimed that her father took all the blame for the 1999 Kargil war for her country's valiant soldiers despite the fact that then army chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had initiated the war without his knowledge but is still being called a traitor.

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