Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

India threatens to take Nawaz Sharif's statement to ICJ

India threatens to take Nawaz Sharif's statement to ICJ

The National Security Committee (NSC) which met yesterday had condemned the "fallacious" statement by Sharif about the Mumbai terror attack and termed it as "incorrect and misleading".

Sharif's remarks have sparked a debate in Pakistan with his opponents criticising him for toeing the Indian line while many praised him on social media for having the courage to speak the truth.

Nawaz Sharif, in a recent interview to a newspaper, had said, "Militant organisations are active".

One of the petitioners stated that a famous book written about the Mumbai attacks titled "The Betrayal of India" by Elias Davidsson, maintains that it is India itself that staged the attacks with an objective to tell the USA and worldwide community that India was a victim of Pakistan. Through their counsel, the petitioners contend that the "irresponsible" statement by Mr Sharif has tarnished the image of the country and India is crying for seeking sanctions against Pakistan.

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"Even at that time, the same things, getting our house in order, were being discussed in an NSC meeting", he said, referring to a meeting of the body in 2016.

As Sharif faces ire from all quarters in his homeland, his admission may tear down Pakistan's construct of lies and denials regarding the lethal Mumbai attack, revealing a crack in the revisionist state's effort to control the narrative. "(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".

"Him [Abbasi] and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif should distance themselves from Nawaz Sharif", he added.

Sharif had admitted publicly on Friday that Pakistani terrorists were involved in the 26/11 attacks and questioned why Ajmal Kasab and nine others were allowed to cross the border to carry out the carnage in Mumbai in 2008.

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The PML-N and its leaders have, since Saturday, been scrambling to explain what the statement actually meant, while Nawaz has since read out the excerpts from the interview asking whether he has said anything wrong.

In the midst of mounting support in favour of a trial for treason, Sharif continues to defend his comments, backed by Pakistan's current PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who claimed Sharif's comments have been "misreported" and pledged full support to Sharif and their party.

India blamed the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the 2008 attack on the city of Mumbai.

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