Nawaz Sharif Statement under the Fire

By Atiya Riffat

Nawaz Sharif had expressed concern over Pakistan’s relative isolation in world community and apparent non-acceptance of its narrative on terrorism by the world powers. He then turned his attention to terrorism committed in India allegedly by Pakistan-based militants.“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?” he asked.

The military said Sunday it had suggested a meeting of the National Security Committe to discuss the statement former prime minister Nawaz Sharif made in the interview which apparently vindicates Indian position against Pakistan on Mumbai attack of 2008.

This comment, not only backed Indian position but also expressed Nawaz Sharif’s dissatisfaction with country’s judicial syste. Cashing in on the Nawaz Sharif’s interview, Indian media, however, has again gone into a frenzied campaign to malign Pakistan so that its government could launch a fresh strive to mop up world support against Islamabad.

The political parties have not taken the statement of Nawaz Sharif in good taste. The mainstream political party, the PTI, has expressed serious concern over his statement.

PTI Vice-chairman has termed it an ultimate portray of frustration, saying the ousted prime minister tried to please anti-Pakistan forces through his verdict. “Every Pakistani feels hurt by Nawaz Sharif’s statement. It is indeed an open pro-Indian declaration,” said the senior PTI leader. Moreover, he said India also failed to give any proof at international level about Pakistan’s involvement in the attack.

PPP Leader Manzoor Watoo condemned Nawaz’s pro-India interview and declared it serious attack on Pakistan’s national interest. He said he could not accept such non-serious statement from a person who served thrice as prime minister of Pakistan.

Security analyst General (r) Amjad Shoaib was also critical of the ousted PM’s comments. He said a meeting of the national security committee should be called immediately to discuss the matter.