PM Abbasi calls on Nawaz after NSC meeting

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ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called on former premier and party supremo Nawaz Sharif on Monday after chairing a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC).

Sources said the two leaders, who met at the residence of Chaudhry Muneer, discussed the NSC meeting which was held to review Nawaz’s controversial statement on the Mumbai attacks.

Sources also said that Nawaz’s daughter Maryam and other senior Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders attended the meeting.

Earlier today, the NSC met and categorically denied former premier Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement on the 2008 Mumbai attacks and unanimously termed it “completely false and misleading”.

The NSC, which met under the chair of Prime Minister Abbasi, said in its statement that the country’s top civil and military leadership conducted a detailed review of Nawaz’s statement printed in a newspaper interview on Saturday.

The NSC said it was unfortunate and regrettable that concrete evidence and facts were ignored in the statement.

“Pakistan will continue its efforts to eliminate terrorism on all fronts,” it was stated further.

Nawaz, in a recent interview to Dawn newspaper, had said, “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?”

His remarks were played up by the Indian media as an admission of Pakistan’s involvement in the terrorist attacks, even though similar questions and statements have been raised from civilian and security officials in Pakistan earlier.

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