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Nawaz Sharif faces backlash over '26/11' remark

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Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 10:40

"What did I say in the interview that was wrong".

Earlier, criticising the anti-graft Bureau for money-laundering probe against Nawaz, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had asked the National Assembly to constitute a committee, summon NAB chairman and investigate Mr. Sharif's alleged involvement in sending $4.9 billion to India.

Mr Sharif, a three-time premier, was said to have asserted that Pakistan had become isolated in the world and wondered if any country is standing with it. "The national commission should be tasked to find the cause of these issues".

While the opposition parties are understandably blowing up his remarks in this regard, a special meeting of the National Security Committee was convened to discuss the development and a unanimous statement was issued thereafter rejecting the remarks as incorrect and misleading.

The Supreme Court disqualified three-time prime minister Sharif from office in July a year ago over unreported sources of monthly income of less than $3,000 from a United Arab Emirates company, a salary he denied ever receiving. He said Nawaz Sharif's statement had strengthened and reinforced Indian stance.

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It may be recalled that on May 12, during an interview with the Dawn, Sharif had stated that "Militant organisations are active". But after the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Abbasi said he had met Sharif and the former leader told him he was "misquoted". He called them non-state actors. Explain it to me.

Qureshi demanded that Nawaz Sharif should apologise to the nation otherwise a treason case should be registered against him and his name be put on the Exit Control List (ECL). "Former president Pervez Musharraf, former interior minister Rehman Malik and former National Security Adviser Major-General (retd) Mehmood Durrani had already confirmed [what I said]", he added.

Sharif's statement has left the Pakistan Army extremely anxious that "this will give more weight to India's narrative that Pakistan is not doing enough" with respect to the 26/11 trial, and could even put Pakistan on the blacklist of global financial trade agreements.

A party spokesman had said,"Unfortunately, a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement".