The controversy related to the comments of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif om the Mumbai Attack continues unabated.
On Monday Pakistani prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi blamed the Indian media for twisting the quote of Sharif. Before entering the court Nawaz Sharif again repeated his comments on Mumbai attack in front of the media. His attitude towards the comments was the same.
The controversy started on Saturday during an interview with the daily Dawn where Sharif claimed that militant organisations are active in Pakistan. They are non-state actors, he said. He also added, “Should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” he asked.
This comment of Sharif created a big controversy within Pakistan and drew sharp and pointed comments from India. The whole world, including the Pakistani media carried Sharif’s comments and quotes. Most of the media claimed that his comments were allegation made towards the Pakistani military.
Following the developments, the National Security Council in Pakistan called the emergency meeting on Sunday to conduct a review of. Sharif’s remarks. The council later said in a statement that Sharif had presented the comments without much concrete facts and realities and that the opinion expressed by Sharif arose because of either misconceptions or grievances. The members condemned the fallacious allegations and unanimously refuted the assertions, said the statement form the National security Council.
The Pakistani defence minister and all the services chiefs of Pakistan attended the meeting. India and not Pakistan was responsible for the delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack case, the meeting alleged.
“Besides many other refusals during the investigation, the denial of access to the principal accused, Ajmal Qasab, and his extraordinarily hurried execution became the core impediment in the finalization of the trial. Pakistan continues to await cooperation from India regarding the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and the Samjhota Express attack,” the statement form the Council concluded.
In front of the media Pak PM Abbasi said that he had talked to Sharif. He claimed that Sarif said that he had not made such comments.
In Islamabad journalists again asked Sharif and this time he told just the opposite of what he had said before. “What did I say in the interview that was wrong”, said Sharif.
On the other hand., at a rally at Bunar, daughter of Sharif – Maryam Nawaz said, that some people were trying to ruine the image of her father. The ‘traitor’ card was being used to tarnish his image, she said. She also claimed that the corruption charges on her father were false.
(Adapted from TheHindu.com)