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Pak's top leadership condemns Sharif's remarks on 26/11

15 May 2018

In a new twist, Sharif reportedly told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that he did not make comments on Pakistan's role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and said he was "misquoted".

During the meeting that lasted almost 30 minutes, Sharif reiterated his stance and questioned if anyone could explain what was wrong with his comments.

Sharif, for the first time, publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the "non-state actors to cross the border and kill people in Mumbai".

The World Bank also referred to a statement by the State Bank of Pakistan which rejects estimates of $ 4.9 billion in remittances from Pakistan to India on September 21, 2016, and provides an explanation of the methodology used in the World Bank report and the official remittances numbers.

Pakistan's military establishment has sought to blame India for the delay in conclusion of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks trial, an apparent attempt to distance itself and deflect attention from ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif 's reported comments that the attacks were carried out by Pakistani terrorists.

While talking to the media outside a court in Islamabad, Mr Sharif said, "What did I say that was wrong in the (Dawn) interview?"

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Reiterating that the stance on national security will remain the same, the premier asserted that the national security of Pakistan won't be compromised ever. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", it said. Explain it to me.

It is pertinent to mention that the NSC statement did not name Nawaz while addressing the controversy around the "misleading" comments about Mumbai attack. He said misunderstandings are removed in the light of the facts. "A decision should be made about who is a patriot and who is a traitor", he added.

Sharif's criticism of the military has caused divisions within his party, analysts say, with some members unhappy about his confrontational approach.

"We will have to find out who is responsible for laying the foundation of terrorism in the Country", he said. "Tell me which country stands with us, is there any?" he asked.

If the statement was wrongly presented, then why PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and party leader Chaudhry Nisar had been issuing clarifications, he further asked.

Pak's top leadership condemns Sharif's remarks on 26/11