Nawaz Sharif defends 26/11 remarks, says he will speak the truth

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's ousted PM Nawaz Sharif on Monday defended his recent admission about his nation's involvement within the 2008 Mumbai attacks, drawing unequivocal condemnation and rejection from National Security Committee (NSC), Pakistan's top civil-military frame.

In a gathering convened through PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the recommendation of army leader General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the NSC reviewed Sharif 's complaint in opposition to the Pakistani status quo in delaying the trial in opposition to terrorists within the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The committee, "unanimously" termed Sharif 's remarks as "incorrect and misleading". It was "unfortunate and regrettable that concrete evidence and facts were ignored," the civil-military frame mentioned.

The NSC claimed that "the denial of access to the principal accused, Ajmal Kasab, and his extraordinarily hurried execution became the core impediment in the finalisation of the trial." The high-level huddle attributed Sharif 's remarks to "either misconceptions or grievances".

Chaired through PM Abbasi and attended through General Bajwa, national security adviser Nasser Khan Janjuga, director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Naveed Mukhtar, senior cabinet officials and other representatives of armed forces, the assembly lasted roughly for two and part hours.

Earlier on Monday, Sharif had dispelled the perception that the comments had been falsely attributed to him, pronouncing that he'll speak the truth by some means. "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?" Sharif asked reporters.

He mentioned that former president Pervez Musharraf, former inside minister Rehman Malik and previous national security adviser Major-General (retd) Mehmood Durrani had already showed what he mentioned. "Despite our 50,000 sacrifices of lives, why is the world not paying heed to our narrative? And the person who is asking this question has been labelled a traitor."

He also called out the native media outlets which criticised him. "I am being called a traitor by the media - they (the media) are being made to call me a traitor. Are those who tore apart the country and the Constitution patriots? Are those who pulled out judges from their offices patriots?" he asked.

When asked through a reporter to touch upon allegations that India has been reluctant to provide proof within the case, Nawaz replied, "There is no shortage of evidence - there is plenty of evidence."

Following the NSC meet, Abbasi advised reporters that Sharif had mentioned that his remarks on Mumbai attacks were misreported through the media, a claim that contradicted Sharif 's observation on Monday.
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