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In damage control mode, Pak Army calls high-level meet to discuss Nawaz Sharif's confession on Mumbai terror attack

Sharif had also questioned the policy of allowing "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: May 13, 2018 23:22 IST ]

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The Pakistan Army will hold a high-level meeting on Monday to discuss the confession made by ousted premier Nawaz Sharif on Pakistani terrorists' involvement in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Sharif had also questioned the policy of allowing "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai. 

Sharif, for the first time, publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai. 

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was suggested to call a meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC), a platform of top civil and military leadership to discuss key national issues. 

"The NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning," said Ghafoor. 

In an an exclusive interview with Dawn on Friday, Sharif also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack trial.
 
Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. 

He is under attack from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the Mumbai attack case and harming national interests. 

Leading opposition leader and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said that Sharif was speaking the language of (Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and cooperating against enemies of Pakistan to harm the country. 

"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 300 billion stashed in his sons' companies abroad," he said on Twitter. 

Meanwhile, Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz Sharif said that media misrepresented views of the former prime minister. 

"Can anybody think that Nawaz Sharif will say such things," he said. 

But already Sharif's interview has been created a huge controversy in Pakistan. 

Dunya TV reported that a local has approached the police in Chakwal district to register a criminal case against him for endangering security of the country. 

Sharif says media 'grossly misinterpreted' his remarks on Mumbai attack 

Facing ire from all quarters for his admission on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif today claimed that the media "grossly misinterpreted" his remarks.

The former premier, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. 

A spokesman for Sharif said: "At the outset, statement of Nawaz Sharif 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 would like to set the record straight on the interview of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif carried yesterday by Dawn," he said in a statement issued here. 

The spokesman said the PML-N as the country's premier popular national political party and its supreme leader (Nawaz Sharif) 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," he said. 

In an an exclusive interview with Dawn on Friday, Sharif also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack trial. 

(With PTI inputs)

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