Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Pak's state media blacks out Abbasi's presser on NSC meeting

Pak's state media blacks out Abbasi's presser on NSC meeting

Pakistan's National Security Council (NSC) on Monday rejected reported remarks by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif criticising the country's handling of militant groups responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The high-level huddle further observed that it was "very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities".

Sharif's explosive remarks came on Friday, May 11, during an interview in which he took on Pakistan's foreign policy. We strongly believe that the handlers of the attack were in Pakistan.

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Surjewala said Sharif, whose party PML (N) continued to rule Pakistan, had made a glaring and shocking admission that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was guided, perpetrated and conspired in Pakistan and had the active protection of both State and non-State actors. "Explain it to me", he asked, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists.

"Why can't we complete the trial?"

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The participants said they reject fallacious assertions by Nawaz Sharif, which negated the truth.

"Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to await cooperation from India regarding the arrest of Indian spy KulbhushanJadhav and the Samjhota Express attack, the statement said".

Earlier, Pakistan's major opposition parties, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP), also lambasted Sharif for his "irresponsible" statement and demanded that he retract it.

Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by his country's Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself.

"Nawaz Sharif has fired a bullet at Pakistan and state institutions", he told Arab News.

According to Dawn newspaper, differences within the ruling party surfaced following the issuance of contradictory statements by the Sharif brothers on the issue.

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The PM asserted that civil-military relations remain the same as before.

The spokesman said the PML-N as the country's premier popular national political party and its supreme leader (Nawaz Sharif) need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan's national security.

"Nawaz's statement is tantamount to treason".

Addressing a press conference here Monday, PTI Chairman said that statement of Nawaz Sharif regarding Mumbai attacks benefitted India and damaged Pakistan's image. One of them was caught and hanged. What is new is that someone senior enough in the Pak political establishment to know what was going on in the country has admitted as much. He said since the attack took place, it was the Indian government which possessed "90 per cent of the evidence and facts" of the incident.

Moreover, an unidentified spokesman of PML-N issued another statement to "set the record straight on the interview of PML-N Quaid" and claimed that the Indian media had "grossly misinterpreted" Nawaz's remarks.

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