India threatens to take Nawaz Sharif's statement to ICJ

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A crucial meeting of the NSC was held in Islamabad on Monday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair to discuss the situation arising out of the PML-N supreme leader's remarks about the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", the office said, referring to military and civilian leaders.

"Who led Pakistan towards isolation and has brought the country to a stage where the global community is not ready to accept Pakistan's narrative?"

Speaking to journalists outside accountability court, Nawaz maintained that NSC's declaration was not based upon facts and the related situation. And the person who is asking this question has been labelled a traitor.

He said that India took Nawaz's statement as an admission of Pakistan's involvement in terrorism.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday, ruffled more than a few feathers when he openly acknowledged that militant organisations operative in Pakistan, crossed the border to "kill" people in Mumbai, in an apparent reference to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed on Tuesday declared former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as "instrument" in the hands of foreigners. He said no one had the authority to issue the certificate of traitor or patriotism to anyone.

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According to DawnNewsTV, PM Abbasi dispelled the impression that Nawaz had said that the Mumbai attacks had been planned in Pakistan.

His comments triggered a controversy, prompting the National Security Committee (NSC) - Pakistan's top civil-military body - to call a high-level meeting.

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.

"Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?"

Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had fired a broadside at Nawaz for statement about the Mumbai attack, with some going as far as demanding that the PML-N supremo be tried for high treason; that his name be placed on the Exit Control List, and a thorough investigation be undertaken to determine the reasons behind the statement made by three-time prime minister.

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