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Nawaz Sharif admits Pakistani terrorists crossed over to India and executed 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: May 13, 2018 7:48 IST ]

26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has confessed to the involvement of Pakistani terrorists in the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

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.

"We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it," Sharif told Dawn.

Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations -- Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad, -- operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan."

"Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial."

The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

He further said: "It's absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it."

US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE.

In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said: "You can't run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government - the constitutional one."

"The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest ebb in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against homegrown militant groups or face international isolation.

"Militant organisations 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?” Sharif told Dawn news in a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence. 

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack.

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