Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on India

We asked India to provide evidence to us and said that we will initiate proceedings Rehman added

We asked India to provide evidence to us and said that we will initiate proceedings Rehman added

The press conference was held shortly after the conclusion of a National Security Council (NSC) session, which was convened to discuss "recent misleading media statement" regarding the Mumbai attacks.

Sharif's remarks have sparked a debate in Pakistan with his opponents criticising him for toeing the Indian line while many praised him on social media for having the courage to speak the truth.

PM Abbasi in his press talk had thrown weight behind Nawaz Sharif, saying that statement of the former prime minister was "misinterpreted" in the media.

He said the premier says the statement was distorted by the Indian media and if this is so, why the important meeting of the top civil-military body had to be convened. Nawaz Sharif said it should become known now as to who is responsible for bringing the country to this juncture and who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country.

"The participants observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities", a press release issued after the meeting had said. He further said Nawaz speaking Modi's language against Pakistan state simply to protect his ill-gotten Rs 300 billion stashed in his sons companies abroad.Mir Jafar was the commander in Siraj- ud -Daulah's army and he colluded with the East India Company to defeat the Nawab of Bengal in the Battle of Plassey in 1757. "I have clarified those", he added.

Ten Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November, 2008. "Who introduced terrorism to this attractive country?"

Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif should, Mr Sharif had added, be asked what the world said about Pakistan when he used to go overseas to represent the nation.

The PML-N and its leaders have, since Saturday, been scrambling to explain what the statement actually meant, while Nawaz has since read out the excerpts from the interview asking whether he has said anything wrong.

Sheikh also said that the name of the PML-N supremo should be placed on the Exit Control List, and the interior ministry alerted to file a complain against the former premier. These media reports were incorrect.

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