Pakistan on damage control mode over Sharif's interview

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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.

It said that the bureau's press release was based on a media report which had referred to the World Bank's Migration and Remittance Fact Book Report 2016 alleging the sending of $4.9bn to India.

Lashing out at the NAB chairman for ordering a probe merely on the basis of a media report, the prime minister had asked NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq to constitute a special committee to summon the NAB chairman and seek an explanation.

Sharif also said he had raised the issue of terrorism resulting in Pakistan's isolation during an NSC meeting that led to "Dawn Leaks" after the matter was reported by the newspaper. "The baseless issue that arose from misreporting should now come to an end", he said.

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The spokesman said the PML-N as the country's premier popular national political party and its supreme leader (Nawaz Sharif) need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan's national security. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?

Pakistan's top anti-corruption body, National Accountability Bureau, yesterday ordered a probe against the embattled former prime minister and others after reports of his involvement in the money laundering emerged in the media.

"The same policy existed during the tenures of Pakistan Peoples Party, General Musharraf and even earlier", he emphasized. "Why can't we complete the trial", he said.

The prime minister while addressing in the NA asked the house to constitute a committee in this regard.

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The bit from the interview that has drawn the most interest is Sharif's decision to acknowledge the role of non-state groups in the November 26, 2008, Mumbai attacks. He further said Nawaz speaking Modi's language against Pakistan state simply to protect his ill-gotten Rs 300 billion stashed in his sons companies abroad.Mir Jafar was the commander in Siraj- ud -Daulah's army and he colluded with the East India Company to defeat the Nawab of Bengal in the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Under these circumstances, no one knows for sure what is in store for politics of the country in coming days.

He said, "What's wrong with my statement?"

NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi pleaded in court to record the statement of Nawaz and his family in the Avenfield case when the hearing started.

India's stand on the Mumbai attacks stands vindicated following Sharif's confession.

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