Sharif admits role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks

Backlash over ‘pro-India’ remarks of Nawaz

Backlash over ‘pro-India’ remarks of Nawaz

Congress leader Pawan Khera also called for action by the global community against Pakistan for carrying out terror activities in India.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dubbed as a "serious disclosure" Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif publicly acknowledging that militant organisations were active in his country and said it proved India's position that the handlers of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack were in Pakistan.

Khera also took a dig at the government, saying while it has not often shown its?diplomatic muscle? in the last four years, it should do it at least now. "We must look into it", Sharif had told Dawn.

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Sharif did not name Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's Jamaat-ud-Dawah - or its earlier avatar Lashkar-e-Taiba - which according to India, sailed into Mumbai from Karachi, to carry out the attacks in an operation that was coordinated by Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI.

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said the Indian government's stubbornness and indifferent attitude hampered proceedings of Mumbai attacks trial from reaching its conclusion, ARY News reported. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. "Why can't we complete the trial?" - a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

"Militant organizations are active".

"It's absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for". 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. "President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it".

India has long accused Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the attacks in Mumbai on 26 November, 2008, that left 166 people dead and many injured after 10 terrorists with backpacks, automatic weapons and grenades launched a three-day siege on India's financial capital targeting multiple locations.

Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE. In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The trial is still at a preliminary stage of investigation after ten years.

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