Civil, military top brass discusses Nawaz’s ‘misleading’ Mumbai attacks statement


ISLAMABAD: A meeting of National Security Committee was underway at the Prime Minister House under the chair of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to discuss the controversial statement of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the Mumbai attacks.The military leadership has taken a serious notice of contents of an interview given by the PML-N leader.In a Twitter statement on Sunday, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the meeting would be held today (Monday). “NSC meeting suggested to prime minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning (Monday),” he tweeted.The NSC, headed by the prime minister, also comprises defence minister, foreign minister, interior minister, finance minister, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, three services chiefs, national security adviser, DG ISI and others.Nawaz Sharif, in a recent interview, 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?”Earlier, the PML-N issued a clarification stating that Nawaz Sharif’s remarks were “grossly misinterpreted by Indian media”. “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,” a party spokesman said.The spokesman said the PML-N as the country’s premier popular national political party and its Quaid needs no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan’s national security. He said after all, it was Nawaz Sharif who resisting all pressures took the most important and most difficult decision on national security in Pakistan s history by making the country a nuclear power in May 1998.The spokesman added that …read more

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