Pakistani newspaper Dawn published an interview with the country's former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday that has stirred up a firestorm in the country. "Explain it to me", he asked, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists. The hard reality is that while he was aware of the conspiracy behind the attacks, he made no efforts for completion of 26/11-related cases in Pakistan during his tenure later as Prime Minister.
India's position has been that the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack operated from Pakistan. Assuring that no one is pulling his strings, the premier said it was his own decision to give the explanatory statement.
Another PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Sharif should not have issued such a statement. "Why can't we complete the trial?" he said in an interview.
The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home-grown militant groups or face worldwide isolation. He said his party wants normal relations with India, but New Delhi keeps misleading the world opinion.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dubbed as a "serious disclosure" Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif publicly acknowledging that militant organisations were active in his country. In the context of the interview it is clear that he was holding the army's interference in governance - and its support of terrorism - responsible for becoming a drag on the country's economy.
"[The] NSC meeting suggested to [the] prime minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident".
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"In the light of this admission, it is about time for the worldwide community to devise a strategy to end Pakistani army generals' involvement in civilian affairs and to establish a true democratic set up in Pakistan where all ethnic and religious groups have equal representations in decision-making", Nusrat said.
The PTI chairman went on to say that whole Indian campaign was against Pakistan Army but entire nation is standing along with the country's armed forces.
The meeting took place after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting, media reports said.
Earlier today, Sharif dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he will speak the truth come what may.
The disgruntled PML-N member said, "There was no bigger evidence of the Indian government's lack of interest in taking the case to its end than its refusal to allow FIA to question the only living proof of the attacks: Ajmal Kasab".
Unlikely though it may be, will Pakistan's civil society, whatever it is worth, stand up and endorse what Nawaz Sharif finally said in his interview, "These games have gone on for too long".