Pakistan calls Nawaz Sharif's Mumbai attacks remark 'false, misleading'

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Surjewala said Sharif, whose party PML (N) continued to rule Pakistan, had made a glaring and shocking admission that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was guided, perpetrated and conspired in Pakistan and had the active protection of both State and non-State actors.

"I am not here to clarify Nawaz's position, the objective of this presser is to clear the air of confusion", said the prime minister. Sharif has also said that the trial in Pakistan of those accused in the attack is being deliberately delayed.

Jamaat-ud Dawa, the socio-political front of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the USA in June 2014.

The spokesman also clarified that comments of Nawaz Sharif about PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif's role in the party's election campaign were also being misinterpreted.

Unlikely though it may be, will Pakistan's civil society, whatever it is worth, stand up and endorse what Nawaz Sharif finally said in his interview, "These games have gone on for too long".

Nawaz Sharif's name should be place in Exit Control List (ECL) and FIA and NAB should investigate the matter, Khan said.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb was a joint military offensive conducted by the Pakistan Armed Forces against various militant group in 2014.

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Reacting to Sharif's remarks, Nisar, under whose watch the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was investigating the Mumbai attacks, said the Indian government was to blame for the hold-up in the Mumbai attacks trial, the Dawn reported. Nawaz noted in an interview to Pakistan's Dawn newspaper in a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

"The meeting unanimously termed remarks (by Sharif) incorrect and misleading", said a statement issued after the 22nd NSC meeting at the Prime Minister's House.

"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", the spokesman said.

Mr Sharif, for the first time, questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai as he publicly acknowledged in an interview that terror groups are active in the country.

Sharif, who was answering a question about his ouster, steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security by saying that Pakistan has isolated itself in worldwide arena despite giving sacrifices in war on terror.

"We need to understand the ongoing dynamics and should support our armed forces shoulder to shoulder", he added stressing that an global conspiracy to isolate Pakistan is being hatched. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. In the context of the interview it is clear that he was holding the army's interference in governance - and its support of terrorism - responsible for becoming a drag on the country's economy.

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