BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI
-National Security Committee (NSC) presided over by Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday has rejected the controvert ails statement of Nawaz Sharif regarding Mumbai attack controversy.
The meeting reviewed the recent statement in the context of Mumbai attacks, as it appeared in the newspaper, and unanimously termed statement of Nawaz Sharif as incorrect and misleading.
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. They unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions.
The meeting recalled that it was not Pakistan, but India that has delayed the finalisation of the case. Besides many other refusals during the investigation, the denial of access to the principal accused, Ajmal Qasab, and his extraordinarily hurried execution became the core impediment in the finalisation of the trial. At the same time Pakistan continues to wait for cooperation from India on the infamous Kulbhushan Jadhav and Samjhota Express episodes.
The National Security Committee resolved that Pakistan shall continue to play its due role in fighting the war against terrorism at all fronts.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Defence & Foreign Affairs, Khurram Dastgir Khan, Mr. Miftah Ismail, Minister for Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Director General ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.
Earlier, Nawaz Sharif revealed in an interview that those who attacked hotel in Mumbai in 2008 hailed from Pakistan.
He said: “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” — a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.
The statement sparked condemnation on social media after which Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) spokesperson stated that part of Nawaz Sharif’s interview was ‘grossly misinterpreted’ by Indian media.
The spokesperson further added that party and its Quaid need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan’s national security.