Militants from Pakistan attacked Mumbai: Sharif

Larry Hoffman
May 15, 2018

Nawaz on May 12, during an interview with a local daily, had stated that "Militant organisations are active". Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?

"Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has not permitted its soil to be used for terrorism", he added.

The references to Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are particularly noteworthy. We strongly believe that the handlers of the attack were in Pakistan.

"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 participants of the meeting also "unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions". They manipulated his (Sharif's) statement to create an issue... A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused, but the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict in the case.

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. India has maintained that the deadly attack in Mumbai was masterminded by Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed-a man who is allowed a free run in Pakistan.

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

They reveal that while both countries are publicly acknowledging that Pakistan is acting against terrorism - and China is going the full distance by preventing the United Nations listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an worldwide terrorist - both countries, in private and at the highest levels, are asking Pakistan to stop supporting terrorist groups acting outside the country.

Pakistan's name was already in the grey list, he added.

It faces sanctions if it does not implement reforms by this summer.

Attempting damage control, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N, Nawaz's group) on Sunday heaped blame on the media for "misinterpreting" the interview.

Pakistan has spent almost half of its years as an independent country under independent rule, with the 2013 election marking the first successful transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian government to another.

Other parties, too, criticised the three-time prime minister's comments.

They believe that the announcement by the ISPR chief through social media indicates that the military authorities have chose to seriously take up the issue and that they want Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's stance over the matter.

The former prime minister also reportedly said that Pakistan has isolated itself, the report said.

The NSC meeting, which was attended by the top civil and military leadership, categorically dismissed Nawaz's recent statement on the 2008 Mumbai attacks and unanimously termed it "incorrect and misleading". What is new is that someone senior enough in the Pak political establishment to know what was going on in the country has admitted as much. "Painful to see such talk from a former PM either calculated to divert attention or just casual chatter".

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