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Sharif says media 'grossly misinterpreted' his remarks on Mumbai attack

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Facing ire from all quarters for his admission on the 2008 terror attack, Pakistan's ousted Sharif today claimed that the media "grossly misinterpreted" his remarks.

Sharif, for the first time, publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant organisations are active in and questioned the policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in

The former premier, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the in the Panama Papers case, said has isolated itself.

A for Sharif said: "At the outset, statement of Sharif has been grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media. Unfortunately a section of Pakistani has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement".

"The PML-N would like to set the record straight on the interview of PML-N Sharif carried yesterday by Dawn," he said in a statement issued here.

The said the PML-N as the country's popular national political party and its (Nawaz Sharif) need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan's national security.

"After all, it was Nawaz Sharif who, resisting all pressures, took the most important and most difficult decision on national security in Pakistan's history by making the country a nuclear power in May 1998," he said.

In an an exclusive interview with Dawn on Friday, Sharif also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the attack trial.

He is under attack from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the Mumbai attack case and harming national interests.

and cricketer-turned-politician said that Sharif was speaking the language of (Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and cooperating against enemies of Pakistan to harm the country.

In the interview, Sharif said: "We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it".

Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations -- Jamaat-ud-Dawah and -- operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan.

"Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial".

Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE.

Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 23:10 IST