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Former Pakistan PM risks Jail over Mumbai attacks claim

18 May 2018

Resolutions against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif have been brought in the three provincial assemblies in Pakistan demanding registration of a treason case against him for his controversial remarks on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

In the interview, Sharif, who was disqualified from public office by the country's Supreme Court previous year, addressed Pakistani foreign and national security policy in a conversation with journalist Cyril Almeida.

Elaborating on the war and its happenings, he said that Pakistan was in a dominating position in five different fronts in the war, and that the then-prime minister was briefed on the situation at least two times. He has denounced non-state actors for crossing the border and killing people in Mumbai.

To a query regarding PTI's rejection of forming a national commission in light of the recent treason allegations against him, the former premier said that PTI neither had character nor any ideology. "We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country".

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He said further that he is not just a Pakistani citizen as the people elected him prime minister and he knows a lot of things.

The top brass of military leadership, including Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar attended the meeting, held at the Prime Minister House. "A decision should be made about who is a patriot and who is a traitor", he added.

He went on to say: "Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri were among those characters and when time comes I will reveal the names of others involved".

He went on to say that New Delhi pressurized the PML-N government through the U.S. following which Sharif ordered armed forces to withdraw from Kargil.

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The Shehbaz-led Pakistan Muslim League-N had also said the statement to be against policies of the party.

India blamed the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the 2008 attack on the city of Mumbai.

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

The petition requested the court to direct the FIA to initiate legal proceedings against Mr Sharif after registering an FIR.

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Former Pakistan PM risks Jail over Mumbai attacks claim