Nawaz Sharif's remarks prove our stand: Nirmala Sitharaman

Backlash over ‘pro-India’ remarks of Nawaz

Backlash over ‘pro-India’ remarks of Nawaz

For the first time, Nawaz Sharif also questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai, according to a media report. Sharif had asked in the interview.

In the interview, Sharif said: "We have isolated ourselves". He indicated that his country should look into why its narrative that it had been fighting terrorism had not been accepted by the global community "despite sacrifices". Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. "Questions are being raised about Pakistan at the global level owing to Sharif's statement", she told reporters. Sharif has admitted in the past before senior American Congressmen that Pak nationals were involved in the Mumbai attacks.

ARY Television anchor Kashif Abbasi led the attack, commenting that Sharif had let Pakistan down to gain cheap publicity in India.

Lakhvi has been on India's National investigation Agency's most wanted list and the Interpol has issued a Red Corner ntice for him for his role in then Mumbai terror attacks.

But we expect that the government will do it now and ensure that the worldwide community takes notice of what Sharif has said and take appropriate action against Pakistan, he said.

The former minister said Pakistan's application requesting the Indian government's cooperation in the case - and its refusal to do so - were on record.

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The ex-interior minister said India manipulated the incident to malign Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif, on the contrary, is shattering hearts, minds and souls of Kashmiris by giving such statements, he added.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dubbed as a "serious disclosure" Pakistan's ousted PM Nawaz Sharif publicly acknowledging that militant organisations were active in his country.

In India, special public prosecutor in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case, Ujjwal Nikam, said Saturday that Sharif's interview proved he was aware of the conspiracy behind the terrorist attack, but made no substantive efforts while in power to push for the completion of 26/11-related cases in court.

In January 2016, the government contacted New Delhi, asking it to send the 24 witnesses to Pakistan to testify against the Mumbai attacks suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the attacks - Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

The anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has finished taking the statement of all 70 prosecution witnesses. Lakhvi along with Zarar Shah was allegedly the key planner of the attack.

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