Nawaz Sharif rejects condemnation of his remarks on Mumbai terror attack

Pakistan election 2008

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday demanded that either former prime minister Nawaz Sharif apologize to the nation over his remarks on the Mumbai attacks or else a case be registered against him. The National Security Committee (NSC) which met yesterday had condemned the "fallacious" statement by Sharif about the Mumbai terror attack and termed it as "incorrect and misleading". "To try and protect his wrongdoings, he is not only willing to destroy all Pak State institutions, including army, NAB, SC, but also the future of our country", said the former cricketer.Sharif admission is a rare from a top Pakistani leader, in an interview to Dawn, he said that militant organisations were active in the country and questioned Islamabad's policy to allow "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai.

Addressing media a day after the NSC meeting at the Prime Minister's House, said that the statement coming from the NSC was in complete contrast to the stance taken by leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Nawaz regretted that those who ask questions are being termed traitors in the media.

Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz's younger brother and Pakistan Punjab's CM, said his brother's interview was twisted out of context by his political opponents.

"We are not being isolated but have already been pushed into a corner", he said. Are those who tore apart the country and the Constitution patriots?

The Supreme Court disqualified three-time prime minister Sharif from office in July previous year over unreported sources of monthly income of less than $3,000 from a United Arab Emirates company, a salary he denied ever receiving.

Efforts by Pakistan to put on trial those India says are responsible for the Mumbai attack have stalled, while Saeed operates largely freely in Pakistan.

The former premier had made the call at a party rally in Buner last night, saying the guilty party, be it him for treason or those levelling allegations against him, should be publicly hanged following the commission's verdict.

Following the NSC statement, the prime minister had clarified at a news conference that Mr Sharif's remarks were misquoted in the media.