Nawaz Sharif admits Pakistani terrorists' role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement that those who attacked Mumbai in 2008 were from Pakistan has created a stir in the political circles as the nation prepares for the general elections, which is expected to be held in July.

"Time has come that Shehbaz Sharif as President and Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) should stand up against Nawaz Sharif to manifest patriotism by distancing them from his anti-Pakistan concocted statement involving the country in Mumbai attacks falsely", he said while talking to media.

"Pakistan was subjected to heavy criticism over the Mumbai attacks", Nisar said, in the backdrops of Nawaz Sharif's recent interview. "Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?". Explain it to me. "Why cant we complete the trial".

Sharif did not name Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's Jamaat-ud-Dawah - or its earlier avatar Lashkar-e-Taiba - which according to India, sailed into Mumbai from Karachi, to carry out the attacks in an operation that was coordinated by Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI. He is actively organising collection of donations in Punjab coinciding with the wheat harvesting season, said a report quoting sources. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted.

"Why didn't Nawaz also say that Pakistan tried [very] hard to cooperate with India in the Mumbai trials?" she added.

"Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Delhi, Defence Minister Sitharaman said", It's a very important confession which has been made by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the Government of India has always maintained that it was, in fact, Pakistan who the mastermind behind the attacks". Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

Pakistan's former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan (L) questioned the haste in hanging Ajmal Kasab.

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In an interview to Dawn newspaper, Mr. Sharif expressed concern over Islamabad's foreign policy approach. He claimed that although Pakistan had cooperated with the Indian government for information-sharing regarding every terrorist incident, India had not reciprocated for incidents taking place inside Pakistan, including the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army has chose to hold a high-level meeting on Monday to discuss the "recent misleading media statement" about Mumbai terror attack, PTI reported.

But already Sharif's interview has been created a huge controversy in Pakistan.

"This disclosure of Sharif would definitely embarrass the Pakistan army and the ISI on the global platform", Nikam said.

"I am fully cognizant of the complete phases of the Mumbai attacks case".

What he was referring to is the stalled trial in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

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