Indian media used Nawaz Sharif's interview for own interests, asserts PM Abbasi

Sharif will continue to speak truth says Sana

Indian media used Nawaz Sharif's interview for own interests, asserts PM Abbasi

The world has abandoned Pakistan as there is no any country standing along it, Sharif lamented, adding, "We [Pakistan] are isolated internationally".

According to report, several senators belonging to the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl - an ally of the ruling PML-N -also castigated Sharif's remark, underscoring he had endorsed the "enemy's" narrative.

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday defended his recent remarks about the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, saying he will speak the truth no matter what the consequences are. He said misunderstandings are removed in the light of the facts. But after the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Abbasi said he had met Sharif and the former leader told him he was "misquoted".

The NSC meeting was called days after former premier, Nawaz Sharif delivered a statement that was spun by the Indian media as a tacit admission of Pakistan's involvement in the 2008 attacks that left 166 people dead.

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".

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Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi while quoting the PML-N supreme leader as asking what was wrong in his statement asked him why he felt the need to issue such a statement or summon Cyril Almeida in Multan via special aircraft to interview him.

Sharif's criticism of the military has caused divisions within his party, analysts say, with some members unhappy about his confrontational approach.

"We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country", he asserted.

Several senators on both sides of the aisle on Monday had fired a broadside at Nawaz for his recent statement about the Mumbai attacks, with some going as far as demanding that the PML-N supremo be tried for high treason; that his name be placed on the Exit Control List, and a thorough investigation be undertaken to determine the reasons behind the statement made by a thrice-elected prime minister.

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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