Nawaz Sharif 'Speaking Modi's Words' On Mumbai Attacks: Top 10 Developments

Leroy Wright
May 14, 2018

In an interview to Dawn newspaper, Mr. Sharif expressed concern over Islamabad's foreign policy approach.

Sharif had resigned following a Supreme Court order in July 2017, which disqualified him from holding office due to allegations of corruption related to disclosures in the Panama Papers.

She said Pakistan was fighting a huge war "against terrorism against all odds alone and constantly under global criticism and he [Mr Sharif] is adding fuel to that highly critical narrative".

"Militant organisations are active".

Ms Rehman said no democratic state would ever allow non-state actors to go maim, plunder and loot across its border. "Explain it to me", he had said, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists. "Why can't we complete the trial", said Sharif.

"We have isolated ourselves". Despite sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted.

Despite the controversy provoked by his words, including an attempt by the PMLN to frame it as a case of misreporting, Sharif has refused to budge from his initial statement.

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A United States embassy cable, leaked by Wikileaks, recounts a meeting between visiting senator John McCain and Sharif in December 2008, when the latter was in the opposition. Former High Commissioner to Pakistan and seasoned diplomat G Parthasarathy told ET "Neither the Pak Army nor the ISI is keen to bring the perpetrators to justice despite earlier efforts by Sharif to improve ties with India".

"Such a statement [by Mr Sharif] implicating Pakistan amounts to backing the United Nations resolution against Hafiz Saeed who was found "not" involved in the attack", he added.

"CPEC being a mega national project, would change the fate of the country and its people", he said in an interview. "We must take strictest action against those elements". "Pakistan, too, wants a judicious resolution of the Mumbai case and we are still waiting for the requisite evidence from India", the PPP senator said. Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafeez Saeed is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Till now, the anti-terrorism court has finished taking the statement of all 70 prosecution witnesses. However, Pakistan has claimed it needs access to Indian witnesses to carry forward the legal process.

On May 11, Sharif in an exclusive interview to a Pakistan daily, The Dawn, had said that terrorists sent by Pakistan were responsible for the 26/11 attacks.

The clarification by PML-N was necessitated because Nawaz Sharif's statement about 2008 Mumbai terror attack triggered criticism of the party and its leadership from political and security quarters, terming it "anti-state" and equating it with committing a treason. Additionally, Sharif's statement has been slammed by his PMLN's major opponents, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, who have claimed he is merely parroting the narrative put forward by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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