PTI has no character, ideology: Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan election 2008

Pakistan election 2008

Last week, during an interview with the Dawn, Sharif had stated that "Militant organisations are active". On Monday, the National Security Committee (NSC) condemned the comments and described them as "incorrect and misleading".

Sharif's remarks questioning the policy of using Pakistan-based terrorists for cross-border attacks such as the assault on India's financial hub, made during an interview with Dawn newspaper, stirred a hornet's nest.

On Tuesday, talking to reporters at the Accountability Court hearing corruption cases against him and his family, Nawaz, 68, reiterated his demand and said the national commissionwould allow all facts to become clear. "Hence, I am privy to realities". Why can't we complete the trial."I mean raised question on the timing of the revelation, and said Sharif was in power for four years and did not speak out a word about the Mumbai attacks".

The petitioners plead that the statement of Sharif amounts to "committing treason" against the country and the ex-premier is liable to be proceeded against under Article 6 of the Constitution as well as sections 3 and 5 of Official Secret Act, 1923.

Nawaz regretted that those who ask questions are being termed traitors in the media. "We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country", he said. "Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted", Sharif said. "The national commission should be tasked to find the cause of these issues".

"Surjewala further said: "Our second question to Modi is, will you show the courage of conviction and the 56" chest to ensure that the trial of 26/11 perpetrators, who are neither being adequately tried nor punished in Pakistan, is either held under the guidance of global agencies or they are handed over alternatively to India?"

"Even at that time, the same things, getting our house in order, were being discussed in an NSC meeting", he said, referring to a meeting of the body in 2016.

Switching on the damage control mode, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Nawaz Sharif has been misqoted in his interview, in which he accepted that 2002 Mumbai terror attacks in India were conducted by Pakistan. Abbasi said the PML-N chief's comments were "misreported" and "misinterpreted".

Sharif, as per an exclusive Dawn news report, in that meeting had raised the issue of Pakistan's growing global isolation because of behind-the-scenes support by military to banned terror groups, including Jaish-e-Muhammad, Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Haqqani Network.

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