Former Pakistan PM reportedly admits country's role in 2008 Mumbai attacks

Former PM Nawaz Sharif earlier this week

Former PM Nawaz Sharif earlier this week

Nawaz Sharif said it's absolutely unacceptable.

The 2008 Mumbai attacks had nearly pushed the two nuclear armed countries into war.

Militant organisations known as non-state elements, are still active in Pakistan, he added. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations - Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad, - operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said, "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan".

Rehman, also the leader of the opposition in the Senate, said questions were being raised all around the world following Nawaz's remarks. Call them non-state actors; should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?

Pakistani media reacted angrily to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's remarks acknowledging involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. "Why can't we complete the trial?" he asked.

The comments, which not only backed Indian position but also expressed Nawaz Sharif's dissatisfaction with country's judicial system, were seen by many in the backdrop the troubles he is facing at the hands of the top judiciary. "PPP rejects Nawaz Sharif's statement and stance (on Mumbai attacks)". He said he was shocked to read the PML-N supremo interview.

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday stressed that the uncooperative attitude and stubbornness of the Indian government has been the biggest obstacle in the Mumbai terror attacks trial reaching a conclusion.

Ch Nisar also blamed India for showing aggression and refusing to cooperate during the investigation into the case.

The Congress Sunday asked the government to take diplomatic measures to highlight before the worldwide community the involvement of Pakistan in terror activities in India following its former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's admission on militant groups being active in the neighbouring country.

However, despite Sharif's personal opinion, there was not much progress in prosecuting the masterminds behind the 26/11 attacks during his last tenure as PM that was cut short on corruption charges against him, primarily due to lack of cooperation from the all-powerful Pak Army, persons familiar with the process said. He said a meeting of the national security committee should be called immediately to discuss the matter.

Durrani said Indian forces in occupied Kashmir were injuring eyes, faces and bodies of innocent civilians by using of pellet guns.

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