Pervez Musharraf Blames Nawaz Sharif For Pakistan Army's Withdrawal From Kargil

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The London-based Avenfield reference trial against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family has entered its final phase. The bit from the interview that has drawn the most interest is Sharif's decision to acknowledge the role of non-state groups in the November 26, 2008, Mumbai attacks. "Should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?"

"Surjewala further said: "Our second question to Modi is, will you show the courage of conviction and the 56" chest to ensure that the trial of 26/11 perpetrators, who are neither being adequately tried nor punished in Pakistan, is either held under the guidance of worldwide agencies or they are handed over alternatively to India?"

Sharif, as per an exclusive Dawn news report, in that meeting had raised the issue of Pakistan's growing global isolation because of behind-the-scenes support by military to banned terror groups, including Jaish-e-Muhammad, Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Haqqani Network.

After the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed to him the concerns of the military leadership over his remarks regarding the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani media had reported yesterday.

However Sharif defended his defended his remarks asking, "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?"

But, he said Mr Sharif issued the order to withdraw the army from Kargil when he visited the US.

Nawaz speaking to reporters at the accountability court on Tuesday. ─ DawnNewsTV
Nawaz speaking to reporters at the accountability court on Tuesday. ─ DawnNewsTV

Leading opposition leader and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said Mr Sharif was speaking the language of (Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and cooperating against enemies of Pakistan to harm the country. Now that Sharif is a spent force, his confession has not come at a time when it had to come.

At least 166 Indians and foreigners were killed in the 2008 bloodbath blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice had summoned the NAB chief today to give an explanation for ordering an inquiry against former premier Nawaz Sharif for allegedly laundering billions of dollars to India.

He said misunderstandings are removed in the light of the facts.

Defence Minister and acting Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir was also a part of the meeting along with other top civil officials. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", the statement had read.

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