Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on India

  • Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on India

Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on India

Political observers say Sharif made his remark to shore up global support in an election year, partly because the military and the judiciary appear to have combined forces to isolate Sharif in the general election slated for later this year.

The backlash comes after an interview with Sharif, published in Dawn on Saturday, discussed the stalled investigation into the 2008 Mumbai attacks and prevailing jihadist militancy in Pakistan.

The former Prime Minister during an interview to Dawn on May 12 had admitted that "militant organisations were active in Pakistan" and "such terror strikes (26/11) could have been prevented".

"It's absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for".

The World Bank has denied as "incorrect" media reports in Pakistan that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif allegedly laundered $4.9 billion to India.

The meeting recalled that it was not Pakistan, but India, that has delayed the finalisation of the case. No official statements have been made, however, by India's foreign or interior ministries.

Nawaz Sharif's controversial statement on 2008 Mumbai attacks have been making rounds in the media. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", it said. He reiterated his demand of forming a commission to probe his remarks.

"What have I said in the interview that was wrong?" he responded to reporters earlier in the day, when asked if he stood by the statement.

A series of military operations have displaced the Taliban from their former strongholds in the country's northwestern tribal districts, but sporadic attacks continue to happen.

The prime minister asserted that Nawaz Sharif's statement did not aim to hold Pakistan responsible for the 26/11 attacks.

However, groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is banned as a "terrorist organisation" under Pakistani law, continue to fundraise and carry out political and humanitarian aid activities across the country.

It faces sanctions if it does not implement reforms by this summer. After an emergency meeting with the National Security Committee of Pakistan, Abbasi addressed the media saying, "Indian media is giving the issue a different hue, and we should not be a part of it".

The usual course of event during the budget discussion is for government members to shower praise on the chief minister and for opposition members to bitterly criticise it but a PPP MPA from Mirpurkhas, Khairunisa Mughal, who is considered a die hard party supporter, expressed dismay over the lack of development in her area.

"We know that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is with Nawaz Sharif in corruption in many ventures, including import of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and, therefore, he is protecting Nawaz Sharif", Mr Khan added.

Article 91 (5) further states that the prime minister will discharge his duties and perform his functions honestly to the best of his ability and faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and law. He said that he is not resigning.

However, Ayaz Amir, a journalist and a former member of the Pakistan National Assembly, believes Nawaz's position isn't judicious.

Following that, India had threatened to take the former prime minister to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) leaving Pakistan alarmed, a local English newspaper reported.

"If you suggest the [government] "allowed" any action against another country then [you are] suggesting official complicity", said PPP Senator Sherry Rehman.