Nawaz Sharif admits Pakistan role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

Glen Norman
May 12, 2018

Pakistan's former Prime Minister facing corruption charges, has virtually acknowledged his country's involvement in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and criticized stalling the Mumbai attack related trials in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

"Militant organisations are active".

Challenging Modi to ensure justice for the victims of the 26/11 terror attack, he said, "Please ensure that those guilty of killing 166 Indians in Mumbai 26/11 attack are brought to book and hanged for acts of terror that they've committed or are handed over to India so that, like the Congress government hanged Kasab after a trial, they're also punished in a similar fashion".

Former PM and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's lifelong leader, in an interview with a leading English daily, said that "militant organisations are active" in Pakistan and asked the interviewer if the state should allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai. The story of Afghanistan was accepted, but not ours.

The application states that the controversial press release was issued in a move to defame the former prime minister, adding that the State Bank of Pakistan had earlier refuted the allegations. "We must look into it", Sharif said. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba was blamed for the Mumbai bloodbath. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have already said that it is unacceptable to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism.

In April this year, Supreme Court had ruled that Nawaz Sharif is disqualified from holding public office for life under the constitution.

Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif said: "You can't run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. There can only be one government: the constitutional one".

The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home-grown militant groups or face worldwide isolation.

The ousted PM was questioned why Pakistan has not yet completed the trial in the 26/11 case.

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