Pakistan top brass blast ex-PM over Mumbai attack remarks

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In the interview, Sharif, who was disqualified from public office by the country's Supreme Court past year, addressed Pakistani foreign and national security policy in a conversation with journalist Cyril Almeida.

"Militant organizations are active".

There have been several reports of divisions among the Sharif brothers, with Nawaz having adopted a hard stance against state institutions following his ouster and Shehbaz calling for restraint and unity.

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

The controversy created by the remarks of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the Mumbai terror attacks continued, after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that they were quoted out of context, and blamed the Indian media for twisting them.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday claimed there were many characters behind Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek's (PAT) 2014 sit-ins and he will reveal their names when the time comes.

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Referring to a 2016 meeting in which, according to Dawn, the civilian government had informed the military leadership of Pakistan's growing global isolation, Nawaz said, "Even at that time, the same things? getting our house in order? were being discussed in the NSC meeting".

Against the backdrop of allegations by the opposition that he had gone against the country's interests, Sharif demanded the formation of a national commission to decide who had committed treason. "Why can't we complete the trial?" "What did I say in the interview that was wrong".

In a video message, he said that he briefed former premier Sharif two times on Kargil and Sharif had said: "we should hoist Pakistan's flag in Srinagar". What Sharif has now done is to show the mirror to the Rawalpindi bosses who actually control the levers of power in the country. "And the person who is asking this question has been labelled a traitor".

He said that Pakistani media also interpreted the interview as the Indian media had done which led to a controversy.

Sharif's statement has left the Pakistan Army extremely anxious that "this will give more weight to India's narrative that Pakistan is not doing enough" with respect to the 26/11 trial, and could even put Pakistan on the blacklist of global financial trade agreements.

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