Sharif defends 26/11 remark as Pak top brass slams him

Posted May 16, 2018

While reacting to Mr. Sharif's statement on the Mumbai attack, Gen. Musharraf, the chief of the All Pakistan Muslim League, also talked about the Kargil War, blaming withdrawal of the Pakistan Army on Mr. Sharif.

On Monday, a petition to register a treason case was filed against Sharif, on the grounds that his comments could potentially hurt the nation's security and its institutions.

Sharif's remarks questioning the policy of using Pakistan-based terrorists for cross-border attacks such as the assault on India's financial hub, made during an interview with Dawn newspaper, stirred a hornet's nest.

According to a statement released after the meeting, the Committee unanimously decried and rejected the assertion of the former premier as "incorrect and misleading". The statement that "the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances" was being presented in "disregard of concrete facts and realities".

Sharif's criticism of the military has caused divisions within his party, analysts say, with some members unhappy about his confrontational approach. Though he had not named 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..." The Indian authorities believe that LeT's emissaries arrived on a boat from Karachi and carried out the violent strikes across Mumbai, in coordination with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

India blamed Pakistan for failing to act against those behind the raids. He said that did we take this forward as well as it turned into the feature of each TV slot and it is likewise turned into the plan of the Parliament.

Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz's younger brother and Pakistan Punjab's CM, said his brother's interview was twisted out of context by his political opponents. Explain it to me. "Why can't we complete the trial?" questioned Sharif, referring to the legal battle over those accused of involvement in the 26/11 terror attacks.