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Pakistan played a role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Nawaz Sharif

14 May 2018

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's public acknowledgement that militant organisations were active in his country was a "serious disclosure" and said it proved India's position that the handlers of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack were in Pakistan. Mr. Sharif said, referring to the trial in Pakistan of those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. 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.

"Why can't we complete the trial?" he added, an apparent reference to the trial of seven Lashkar-e-Taiba members, including operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, for their alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. Explain it to me. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

"PPP dispels Nawaz Sharif's remark [on Mumbai attacks]", Rehman told reporters.

In his tweet, Imran also stated that the former prime minister was not only adamant on destroying government institutions like the Supreme Court, Pakistan Army and National Accountability Bureau, but had also come down to putting future of Pakistan at stake. Speaking to Pakistan's Dawn news organisation, Sharif, who is now tangled in legal cases slammed the slow probe and questioned the authorities who allowed the Mumbai attacks to take place from Pakistan soil.

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The PML-N leader was questioning why the trial into the Mumbai attacks was stalled at a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. The Indian government lodged a strong protest over his release; however, the Pakistani authorities demanded that India provide incriminating evidence against him so he can be held in jail and tried effectively. 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.

In a statement, the PTI chief said, "Nawaz Sharif is the modern-day Mir Jafar, who collaborated with the British to enslave his nation for personal gains".

For context, on top of the previous charges of withholding the declaration of income and the Panama Papers leak, Pakistan's top anti-corruption body has recently ordered a probe against Sharif for allegedly laundering $4.9 billion to India.

It may be noted that the relations between the military - the parent organisation of the notorious Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which planned and coordinated the Mumbai terror attacks - and the Sharif government were at its lowest ebb in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against homegrown militant groups or face worldwide isolation.

Pakistan played a role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Nawaz Sharif