Sunday, May 27, 2018 | ePaper

Nawaz Sharif defends 26/11 remarks, says he will speak the truth

  • Print
TNN, Islamabad :
Pakistan's ousted PM Nawaz Sharif on Monday defended his recent admission about his country's involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, drawing unequivocal condemnation and rejection from National Security Committee (NSC), Pakistan's top civil-military body.
In a meeting convened by PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the suggestion of army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the NSC reviewed Sharif 's criticism against the Pakistani establishment in delaying the trial against terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The committee, "unanimously" termed Sharif 's remarks as "incorrect and misleading". It was "unfortunate and regrettable that concrete evidence and facts were ignored," the civil-military body said.
The NSC claimed that "the denial of access to the principal accused, Ajmal Kasab, and his extraordinarily hurried execution became the core impediment in the finalisation of the trial." The high-level huddle attributed Sharif 's remarks to "either misconceptions or grievances".
Chaired by PM Abbasi and attended by General Bajwa, national security adviser Nasser Khan Janjuga, director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Naveed Mukhtar, senior cabinet officials and other representatives of armed forces, the meeting lasted approximately for two and half hours.
Earlier on Monday, Sharif had dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he will speak the truth come what may. "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?" Sharif asked reporters. He said that former president Pervez Musharraf, former interior minister Rehman Malik and former national security adviser Major-General (retd) Mehmood Durrani had already confirmed what he said.
 "Despite our 50,000 sacrifices of lives, why is the world not paying heed to our narrative? And the person who is asking this question has been labelled a traitor." He also called out the local media outlets which criticised him. "I am being called a traitor by the media - they (the media) are being made to call me a traitor. Are those who tore apart the country and the Constitution patriots? Are those who pulled out judges from their offices patriots?" he asked. When asked by a reporter to comment on allegations that India has been reluctant to provide evidence in the case, Nawaz replied, "There is no shortage of evidence - there is plenty of evidence." Following the NSC meet, Abbasi told reporters that Sharif had said that his remarks on Mumbai attacks had been misreported by the media, a claim that contradicted Sharif 's statement on Monday.

More News For this Category

Barbados elects first female PM

Barbados elects first female PM

Reuters, Bridgetown :Barbados elected its first female prime minister as the opposition inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), winning all the seats in the

Taiwan diplomacy harder than ever in US-China tug of war

Taiwan diplomacy harder than ever in US-China tug of war

AFP, Taipei :Diplomacy has never been easy for Taiwan and is becoming ever more complex as it is caught between the United States under an unpredictable leader and an

US warns Syria of

US warns Syria of "firm" measures for ceasefire violations

AFP, Washington : The US has warned Damascus it will take "firm" action if the regime of Bashar al-Assad violates a ceasefire deal, after Syrian aircraft dropped leaflets on a

News In Brief

Pak parties fail to name caretaker PM PTI, IslamabadPakistan's ruling party PML-N and the opposition on Saturday failed to appoint a caretaker Prime Minister until the formation of a

Russia says US must begin talks, or else 'force' is the only option

Russia says US must begin talks, or else 'force' is the only option

Newsweek :Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged President Donald Trump to reconsider Washington's attempts to isolate Moscow, telling his U.S. counterpart that diplomacy was necessary to avoid potential confrontations.Putin

S Korea relieved about Trump-Kim summit revival efforts

S Korea relieved about Trump-Kim summit revival efforts

AP, Seoul :South Korea on Saturday expressed cautious relief about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following a

Iran gives Europe to end of May to save nuclear deal

Iran gives Europe to end of May to save nuclear deal

AP, Erbil :The signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal - without the United States - are meeting in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement. Iran

Kim Jong Un not a weak leader says Mike Pompeo

Kim Jong Un not a weak leader says Mike Pompeo

PTI, Washington : Kim Jong-un is not a weak leader and that he has shown tremendous capacity to lead North Korea, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is

News In Brief

Prince William to visit Jerusalem, RamallahReuters, LondonQueen Elizabeth's grandson Prince William will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah when he becomes the first senior member of Britain's royal family to visit

Four Saudi activists freed, one arrested as crackdown persists

Four Saudi activists freed, one arrested as crackdown persists

AFP, Dubai : Saudi authorities have released four detained activists but arrested another one, pressing ahead with a sweeping crackdown just a month before the kingdom lifts its ban on women