Sharif says will speak truth after party, Pak PM reject remarks

The former prime minister reiterated his demand that a National Commission should be formed to find out the truth.

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".

"I reject NSC's May 14 statement as it is based on misperception".

"Nawaz is not leaving any opportunity to bring Pakistan a bad name", Qureshi said while speaking during a session of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

"The participants [of the NSC] observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities", a statement issued by the PM Office had said. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", it said.

In the interview published on May 12, Nawaz Sharif delivered a statement that was spun by the Indian media as a tacit admission of Pakistan's involvement in the 2008 attacks that left 166 people dead. "Who introduced terrorism to this attractive country?" "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?"

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In a new twist, Sharif reportedly told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that he did not make comments on Pakistan's role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and said he was "misquoted".

Talking about the "Dawn Leaks" saga in 2016, Nawaz said at the time, national security leaders had talked about putting our own house in order, but the issue was turned into "Dawn Leaks".

"The same things have been said by Imran Khan, former interior minister Rehman Malik, former president Pervez Musharraf as well as former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Shuja Pasha". 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. We must look into it", he added.

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Separately PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said the former premier does not respect the state or institutions.

  • Sonia Alvarado