Nawaz’s Mumbai statement misleading: NSC

May 14, 2018
Samaa Web Desk

National Security Council (NSC) has stated that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement on the 2008 Mumbai attacks were 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,” the council stated in its release.

The participants rejected the allegations and condemned the assertions.

It was also stated that India was responsible for the delay in the finalization of the case.

The release read, “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 finalization of the trial.”

It was also mentioned that Pakistan continues to wait for cooperation from India on the infamous Kulbhushan Jadhav and Samjhota Express episodes.

“National Security Committee resolved that Pakistan shall continue to play its due role in fighting the war against terrorism at all fronts,” the release read.

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

Pakistan Army Suggests NSC Meeting to PM
“NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning,” Director General ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter.

In his interview to Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Sharif had claimed that militant outfits are active in the country, and were responsible for 2008 Mumbai attacks.

“Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me,” he asked, in a clear reference to the Mumbai attacks.

The interview is not being taken lightly by opposition political parties as well as military establishment in Pakistan.

In an unprecedented move, Pakistan Army has suggested Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to call the NSC meeting over the single-point agenda of Nawaz Sharif’s interview which military spokesman has called ‘misleading media statement’.

 

‘Statement misinterpreted’

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz spokesman, meanwhile, claimed that the party chief’s statement was ‘misinterpreted’.

“PMLN would like to set the record straight on the interview of PML-N Quaid carried yesterday by DAWN. At the outset, statement of the Quaid has been grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media.”

“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.”

“The PML-N as the country’s premier popular national political party and its Quaid need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan’s national security. After all, it was Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who, resisting all pressures, took the most important and most difficult decision on national security in Pakistan’s history by making the country a nuclear power in May 1998,” said the PML-N spokesperson.

Published in Pakistan

Story first published: 14th May 2018