Opposition walks out of National Assembly over PM's speech

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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". Soon after the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a press conference had clarified that the NSC had in fact condemned "misreporting" and not his party's supreme leader's statement.

Former PM Nawaz Sharif arrives at the accountability court today. The participants 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.

Following the statement, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, led by Nawaz's brother Shehbaz Sharif, had stated that the Indian media had misreported the statement.

"The report does not include any mention of money laundering nor does it name any individuals", said the World Bank, which was issued after media reports cited its annual report for allegations that Sharif laundered $4.9 billion from Pakistan to India. "Who introduced terrorism to this lovely country?"

His remarks were immediately picked up by Indian media, which termed the former prime minister's statement as a confession of Pakistan's role in the Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead.

"Do we want to let India use us for its own motives?"

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Cyril Almeida further said that he was conveyed a plan to meet the former premier at the airport for the interview but he did not go to the airport as the interview was conducted at another place.

He added that Nawaz had not said anything that had not been said before. 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".

Nawaz's remarks in addition to sparking a strong reaction from the opposition and media, also sent the PML-N scrambling in attempts to explain his remarks.

He expressed full support for Sharif and said the entire party, including party president Shehbaz Sharif, stands with him.

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

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