India threatens to take Nawaz Sharif's statement to ICJ

Nawaz Sharif turns down NSC's statement

Sharif had admitted publicly on Friday that Pakistani terrorists were involved in the 26/11 attacks and questioned why Ajmal Kasab and nine others were allowed to cross the border to carry out the carnage in Mumbai in 2008. "He told me that he has not made such comments and his words have been misrepresented and taken out of context", Abbasi was quoted by Pakistan's Daily Times, as saying.

"The former premier's statement implies that he is propagating against the state in order to retaliate against his lifetime disqualification by Supreme Court from holding any public office and potential conviction in the trial", the petition said.

"The statements attributed to Sharif are factually incorrect and are being presented in a wrong light by the Indian media".

"It is unfortunate that we followed their (Indian media's) lead", he lamented, and wondered "if we allow ourselves to be used by India".

"We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country", he asserted.

Though he had not named Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations - Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad - operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan..." These media reports were incorrect.

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"Do we want to let India use us for its own motives?"

Branding Nawaz Sharif's remark as an "irresponsible", senators demanded that he apologise to the nation and retract his statement, Dawn reported.

"The same things have been said by Imran Khan, former interior minister Rehman Malik, former president Pervez Musharraf as well as former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Shuja Pasha".

Abbasi said that he will not resign and complete the term. He claimed that the government would follow through "even if it had a second left [in the completion of its term]".

Mr Sharif is facing ire for "harming national interests" from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the attack case.

Separately PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said the former premier does not respect the state or institutions.

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