Nawaz Sharif rejects condemnation of his remarks on Mumbai terror attack

Nawaz Sharif has come under fire for recent comments

Nawaz Sharif has come under fire for recent comments

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that former premier Nawaz Sharif clarified to him that his statement about the Mumbai attack was "misreported".

The comments - in which Sharif implied he was removed from office by the Supreme Court a year ago for trying to end military support for anti-India militants - led to an uproar in Pakistan, where criticizing the military is increasingly considered a "red line" that can not be crossed.

The NSC meeting had categorically rejected the statement of Nawaz Sharif.

"The PML-N would like to set the record straight on the interview of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif carried on Saturday by Dawn", the spokesman stated. "What did I say in the interview that was wrong", he asked journalists in Islamabad. Sharif, 68, asked while talking to reporters outside an accountability court in Islamabad, where he is facing corruption charges.

Sharif's quote in the interview was widely reported by Indian and global media interpreting the remarks as allegations on the military.

Sharif dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he will speak the truth come what may.

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"Who led Pakistan towards isolation and has brought the country to a stage where the global community is not ready to accept Pakistan's narrative?"

"The people should know who inflicted the country to this point", he stressed.

He also called out those local media outlets that had criticised his words.

He added that support for non-state actors led to Pakistan's global isolation. "Are those who pulled out judges from their offices patriots?"

Sources privy to the development said a meeting of the National Security Committee, Pakistan's highest forum, headed by the PM and mandated to consider national security and foreign policy matters, is likely to take place within the next two days.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif had rejected the statement of National Security Committee (NSC) in the aftermath of the controversial remarks of PML-N supreme leader about the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was a joint military offensive conducted by the Pakistan armed forces against various militant group in 2014. Irrespective of merits of the issue, the fact remains the statement of Mian Nawaz Sharif has embittered the environment further and despite attempts made by President of the Party Mian Shahbaz Sharif, rivals of Mian Nawaz Sharif would not allow the issue to die down any soon and would prefer making it a topic of heated discussions during forthcoming elections.

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