ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) will be held on Monday in connection with erstwhile premier Nawaz Sharif’s “misleading” remarks on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Sunday.
“NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning,” the ISPR top boss shared in a tweet.
Sources told a private news channel that those slated to attend the meeting will also review domestic and international developments pertinent to national security. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the meeting. Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, who also has the foreign minister’s portfolio, service chiefs and ISI DG will be present on the occasion.
“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial,” Sharif had recently told a local publication.
“We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” he went on to add.
The statement was lapped up by the Indian press, presented as a virtual confession of Pakistan-based elements perpetrating the 2008 carnage.
Sharif’s comments sparked widespread condemnation across the nation’s political spectrum.
Agencies add: In a Twitter statement on Sunday, DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor said that the meeting would be held on Monday.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had revealed in an interview that those who attacked hotel in Mumbai in 2008 hailed from Pakistan.
Opposition parties PPP, PTI, PML-Q and other parties have strongly condemned Nawaz Sharif’s remarks.
Meanwhile, the interview has stirred a storm as Indian media has turned his statement into a charge sheet against Pakistan for being involved in the Mumbai attacks.
On the other hand, a German journalist, Elys Davidson in his book last year revealed that the Mumbai attack was masterminded by Israel and America and the facts were distorted by the Indian government.
According to the book, many witnessed saw Ajmal Kasaab and others gathering in Nariman House two days before the incident, but the Indian investigative agencies never included their statements in the investigation report.