Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Pakistan's National Security Council calls for meet after Nawaz Sharif's 26/11 addmission

Pakistan's National Security Council calls for meet after Nawaz Sharif's 26/11 addmission

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's admission that Pak-based terrorists carried out 26/11 refers to the time when he was premier had sought to cooperate with India on the trial of Pakistani citizens indicted in the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 to improve bilateral ties and countering terrorism.

The attack occurred in India, where 90 percent of the proofs were present but India refused to share those with Pakistan, he remarked.

Nawaz, in a recent interview to Dawn newspaper, had said, "Militant organisations are active".

Sharif did not name Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad that operate in the country with impunity in the interview.

He claimed that although Pakistan had cooperated with the Indian government for information-sharing regarding every terrorist incident, India had not reciprocated for incidents taking place inside Pakistan.

Sharif added that Pakistan had "isolated" itself.

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The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home-grown militant groups or face worldwide isolation.

Rehman, who is also the leader of the opposition in the Senate, said questions were being raised all around the world following Nawaz's remarks. India's position has been that the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack operated from Pakistan. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

Questioning the timing of the revelation, Khan said Sharif was in power for four years and did not speak out a word about the Mumbai attacks.

On 26 November 2008, 10 armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists entered Mumbai via sea and exploded bombs and killed people with indiscriminate firing via automatic rifles at several spots in Mumbai. Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE. "You can't run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. PPP will fight for Pakistan's case". "There can only be one government - the constitutional one".

The Army chief, General Bipin Rawat has already made clear that the army was "ready to suspend" military operations to avoid civilian casualties but has asked, "Who will guarantee that there won't be fire at our men, at our vehicles; who will guarantee that policemen, political workers, our men returning home on leave aren't attacked, aren't killed?"

Mumbai and hanged after being handed down a death sentence.

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