The Pakistani Army has taken note of the comments made by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. It has called a high-level NSC meeting “National Security” over Mr Sharif’s remarks in an interview with Karachi-based daily Dawn, that Pakistani terrorists carried out the 2008 attacks and that such terror strikes could have been prevented.
“Militant organizations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”
Mr Sharif had said, according to the newspaper.
The Pakistani Army has asked Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to discuss “recent misleading media statements on the Mumbai incident”, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani armed forces. The meeting will be held on Monday, the ISPR said.
“The NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Mombai incident. Being held tomorrow morning,” Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted.
Former cricketer and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, accused Mr Sharif of betraying the country since the former prime minister is facing corruption charges linked to the Panama Papers scandal.
Nawaz Sharif is the modern-day Mir Jafar, who collaborated with the British to enslave his nation for personal gains. Nawaz speaking Modi's language against Pak State simply to protect his ill-gotten Rs 300b stashed in his sons companies abroad.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 13, 2018
The Mumbai case is being tried in an anti-terrorism court since 2009 but the case isn’t going anywhere because of insufficient evidence. Indian officials say Pakistan did not keep its end of the bargain and sent the case to court without really investigating the conspiracy that led to the attacks.
Mr Sharif was forced out by the Supreme Court in July over a scandal kindled by the Panama Papers leak. He became the 15th premier in Pakistan’s 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term, after the corruption investigation against him.
The claims against him stemmed from the Panama Papers leak in 2016, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family. Mr Sharif and his supporters have denied the allegations and hinted at a political conspiracy driven by the powerful Army, on the other side Mr. Sharif and his family is unable to provide money trail or enough evidence in their defense on corruption case.