Nawaz Sharif's Remarks on 26/11 Proves Our Stand, Says Sitharaman

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Speaking to Pakistan's Dawn daily on Saturday, May 12, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief suggested that his country was behind the deadly 26/11 Mumbai attacks that killed 164 people and injured over 300 others.

"Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, admits former PMNawaz Sharif", read the headline on Hindustan Times.

"We have isolated ourselves". He indicated that his country should look into why its narrative that it had been fighting terrorism had not been accepted by the worldwide community "despite sacrifices". Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

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Asked why he was ousted from public office, Sharif did not reply directly but steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security, the Dawn said.

Militant organisations known as non-state elements, are still active in Pakistan, he added. Stating that the terrorist organisations were thriving in Pakistan, he held them which he called "non-state actors" responsible for the series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai. "Why can't we complete the trial?" he said, according to the newspaper. He said by blaming Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has actually presented himself to the enemies as an offer to become an approver against Pakistan to malign country through sheer lies. "It (Sharif's remarks) only proves that India's stand has been right all the way". He defied the Army twice - while visiting Delhi for PM Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony and later, while hosting the Indian premier in Lahore on 25, Dec 2015 on his birthday. "India should also help in freedom of Balochistan, only then Pakistan will correct its course". A leaked USA embassy cable recalls that during a meeting between visiting Senator John McCain and Sharif in December 2008, he had acknowledged role of Pak nationals in 26/11. "PPP will fight for Pakistan's case". He claimed that although Pakistan had cooperated with the Indian government for information-sharing regarding every terrorist incident, India had not reciprocated for incidents taking place inside Pakistan, including the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Not only is the probe going slow, the masterminds Zaki-ur-Rehman and Hafiz Saeed are now roaming freely in Pakistan. In a recent setback to the trial was last month, the Pakistan interior ministry removed the chief prosecutor for "not taking the government line".

"I say with full responsibility that the delay and slow pace of the Mumbai attacks-related case in Pakistan was not Pakistan's doing but was a result of non-cooperation and stubbornness by India", said the disgruntled PML-N member.

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