NSC rejects Nawaz Sharif’s statement as misleading on Mumbai attacks

ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News)- The National Security Committee on Monday reviewed the recent statement of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif in the context of Mumbai attacks, as it appeared in the Daily Dawn of May 12, and unanimously termed this statement as incorrect and misleading.

The participants 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, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said.

The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions, the statement further said.

In an exclusive interview to Dawn published on Saturday, Sharif while speaking on matters related to the country’s foreign policy had stated: Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, 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 was referring to the Mumbai attacks-related trial proceedings which have stalled in the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

It’s absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for. President Putin has said it. President Xi has said it, Sharif had said.

The meeting recalled that it was not Pakistan, but India that has delayed the finalisation of the case. 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 finalisation of the trial. At the same time Pakistan continues to wait for cooperation from India on the infamous Kulbhushan Jadhav and Samjhota Express episodes.

The National Security Committee resolved that Pakistan shall continue to play its due role in fighting the war against terrorism at all fronts.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi presided over the 22nd meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held at Prime Minister’s House.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Defence & Foreign Affairs, Khurram Dastgir Khan, Mr. Miftah Ismail, Minister for Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Director General ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.

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